Nawuri

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A language of Ghana

Population

14,000 (2003 GILLBT), increasing.

Location

East central, Lake Volta, mostly Oti river west bank branch.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Lexical similarity: 72% with the Buipe dialect of Gonja [gjn] (most similar).

Typology

SVO; postpositions; genitives before noun heads; articles, adjectives, numerals, relatives after noun heads; question word initial; word order distinguishes subjects, objects, indirect objects, given and new information, topic and comment; subject pronouns are clitics, objects (postverbal) can be treated as independent words; subject and object pronouns indicate person and number; limited noun class agreement of head nouns with modifiers; verb agreement with prefix concord marker which is usually a copy of the head noun (agreement both within noun phrase and subject-verb), but less extensive than in many Bantu languages; semiproductive causative suffix on verbs; comparison typically indicated by a serial verb or serial clause construction; CV, CVC, limited V(C); tonal.

Language Use

Vigorous. All domains. All ages. Also use English [eng].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: Below 1%. Literacy rate in L2: 5%–15%. Grammar. NT: 2012.
Writing

Latin script [Latn], used since 1987.

Other Comments

Traditional religion.