Loma Language
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Loma Language
Loma
Looma
Native toLiberia, Guinea
EthnicityLoma
Native speakers
420,000 (2012)[1]
Niger-Congo
Dialects
  • Toma
Language codes
Either:
lom - Liberian Loma
tod - Toma
Glottologloma1259[2]
People
LanguageLöömàgòòi [l?:mà?ò:i]
Löghömàgòòi [lmà?ò:i]

Loma (Loghoma, Looma, Lorma) is a Mande language spoken by the Loma people of Liberia and Guinea.

Dialects of Loma proper in Liberia are Gizima, Wubomei, Ziema, Bunde, Buluyiema. The dialect of Guinea, Toma (Toa, Toale, Toali, or Tooma, the Malinke name for Loma), is an official regional language.

In Liberia, the people and language are also known as "Bouze" (Busy, Buzi), which is considered offensive.

Writing systems

Today, Loma uses a Latin-based alphabet which is written from left to right. A syllabary saw limited use in the 1930s and 1940s in correspondence between Loma-speakers, but today has fallen into disuse.[3][4][5]

Sample

The Lord's Prayer in Loma:[6]

Yài è ga gé ?eeai è gee-zuv?,
?aa ?a la yà laa-zeigi ma,
yà masadai va,
è yii-mai zui zu è velei é zu la è w? v?,
è zaa mii ?enigi ?e gé ya,
è gé vaa ?aiti? zu ?aa y?,
è velei gá ?alaa gé z?iti? zu ?aa y?ga la gá ?aa yega te va.
M? l? k? t?-ga wo ga gí?,
k è gé wulo tu?o-vele-yow? nui ya.

Endnotes

  1. ^ Liberian Loma at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
    Toma at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Loma". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ Everson, Michael (2010-01-21). "N3756: Preliminary proposal for encoding the Loma script in the SMP of the UCS" (PDF). ISO/IEC JTC1/SC2/WG2. Retrieved .
  4. ^ Everson, Michael (2016-07-22). "N4735: Update on encoding the Loma script in the SMP of the UCS" (PDF). ISO/IEC JTC1/SC2/WG2. Retrieved .
  5. ^ "Loma syllabary".
  6. ^ Matthew 6:9-13 in De?e niin? [New Testament in Loma]. Monrovia: Bible Society in Liberia, 1971. This excerpt was visible at http://www.christusrex.org/www1/pater/JPN-loma.html, see archived version at https://web.archive.org/web/20160306074512/http://www.christusrex.org/www1/pater/JPN-loma.html.

References

  • Rude, Noel. 1983. Ergativity and the active-stative typology in Loma. Studies in African Linguistics, 14:265-283.[1]
  • Sadler, Wesley. 1951. Untangled Loma: a course of study of the Looma language of the Western Province, Liberia, West Africa. Published by Board of Foreign Missions of the United Lutheran Church in America for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Liberia.

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