gĩthitũ

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Kikuyu[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

This i is pronounced long.[1]
As for Tonal Class, Armstrong (1940) classifies this term into ðiimbo class which includes thimbũ, thani, itũũra (pl. matũũra), kĩratũ, mũbira, mwatũka, etc.[2] Benson (1964) classifies this term into Class 8 with a disyllabic stem, together with matũũra, thani, kiuga, and so on.
  • (Kiambu)

Noun[edit]

gĩthitũ class 7 (plural ithitũ)

  1. amulet, charm

References[edit]

  1. ^ thitũ” in Benson, T.G. (1964). Kikuyu-English dictionary, p. 518. Oxford: Clarendon Press.
  2. ^ Armstrong, Lilias E. (1940). The Phonetic and Tonal Structure of Kikuyu. Rep. 1967. (Also in 2018 by Routledge).
  3. ^ Yukawa, Yasutoshi (1981). "A Tentative Tonal Analysis of Kikuyu Nouns: A Study of Limuru Dialect." In Journal of Asian and African Studies, No. 22, 75–123.