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Miship language

Native toNigeria
RegionPlateau State
Native speakers
(6,000 cited 1976)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3mjs

Miship, or Chip, is an Afro-Asiatic language spoken in Plateau State, Nigeria. Doka is a dialect.[1] The chip people are found in Pankshin local government.[3] The traditional occupation of Chip people is farming. The people worship Na'an. Oral tradition states that they migrated from Kanem-Bornu to their present homeland with other tribes, Ngas, Mupun, Mwaghavul.[4] Most chip names are unisex so in order to differentiate a man from a woman the prefix Na is added to the woman's name and Da is added to the man's. For example a man and a woman both sharing Nandi, the man would be Danan and the woman Nanan.

Words, Sentences and Numbers In Chip

God - Na' an / Nan

Father - Nda

Child - La

Girl - Larep

Wash - Vang

Person - Gurum

Rain - Fuan/Fwan

Children - Jep

Gwom - Tuwon

Kapa - Rice

Kuzuk - Acha

Tok - soup

Chicken - Co

Dog - As

Goat - Irr

Lu - Meat. It is used to specifically refer to the meat gotten out of an animal, for example chicken would be Lu Co

. What is your name - Sim yi awe? (girl) Sim gih awe (boy) Good night - Nan yakal kih mun. Bye - sai dih darr.

One - Kihme Two - Vul Three - Kun Four- Ferre Five - pa'ad


  1. ^ a b Miship at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Miship". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ "Official Website of Plateau State". Retrieved 2016-12-26.
  4. ^ Mohammed, Aminu Muazu; Katwal, Permark Isah (2010). "The Miship: People, language, and dialects" (PDF). California Linguistic Notes.