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Kwah language

Native toNigeria
RegionAdamawa State
Native speakers
(7,000 cited 1992)[1]
  • Gyakan
  • Kwa
Language codes
ISO 639-3kwb

Kwah (Kwa), also known as Baa, is a Niger–Congo language of uncertain affiliation; the more it has been studied, the more divergent it appears. Joseph Greenberg counted it as one of the Waja–Jen languages of the Adamawa family. Boyd (1989) assigned it its own branch within Waja–Jen. Kleinewillinghöfer (1996) removed it from Waja–Jen as an independent branch of Adamawa. When Blench (2008) broke up Adamawa, Kwah became a provisional independent branch of his larger Savannas family.

Blench (2019) lists the locations of Baa as Gyakan and Kwa towns, after Munga, in Numan LGA, Adamawa State, Nigeria. One Baa-speaking person (singular) is raBáà sg, and more than one would be Báà pl.; the language is referred to by speakers as nyaa Báà.[3] The Baa varieties in each of the two towns differ primarily in phonology.[4]

Further reading


  1. ^ Kwah at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Baa". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ Blench, Roger (2019). An Atlas of Nigerian Languages (4th ed.). Cambridge: Kay Williamson Educational Foundation.
  4. ^ Baa (Kwa). Adamawa Languages Project.

External links

  • Baa (Kwa). Adamawa Languages Project.
  • Baa, by Mirjam Möller Nwadigo. AdaGram.