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Hinde (1904) records mugogo as an equivalent of English log and bridge in “Jogowini dialect” of Kikuyu, listing also Swahili gogo (log) (pl. magogo) as its equivalent.[1]


  • IPA(key): /mòɣɔ́(ː)ɣɔ̀(ꜜ)/
According to Clements & Ford (1979:196), the first ɔ is pronounced long.[2]
As for Tonal Class, Benson (1964) classifies this term into Class 9 with a disyllabic stem, together with gĩcũhĩ, njũi, and so on.



mũgogo class 3 (plural mĩgogo)

  1. stout log[5]
  2. fallen or felled trunk[5]
  3. log bridge, trunk bridge
    kwara mũgogo - to build a log bridge (over a stream)[5]

Derived terms



See also



  1. ^ Hinde, Hildegarde (1904). Vocabularies of the Kamba and Kikuyu languages of East Africa, pp. 10–11, 38–39. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  2. ^ Clements, George N. and Kevin C. Ford (1979). "Kikuyu Tone Shift and Its Synchronic Consequences." In Linguistic Inquiry, Vol. 10, No. 2, pp. 179–210.
  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.
  4. ^ Yukawa, Yasutoshi (1985). "A Second Tentative Tonal Analysis of Kikuyu Nouns." In Journal of Asian and African Studies, No. 29, 190–231.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 gogo” in Benson, T.G. (1964). Kikuyu-English dictionary, p. 115. Oxford: Clarendon Press.