rũnyarĩrĩ

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Kikuyu[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Hinde (1904) records runyarrire “foot” and runyadide “ankle” in “Jogowini dialect” of Kikuyu.[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

This a is pronounced long.[2]
As for Tonal Class, Benson (1964) classifies this term into Class 11 with a trisyllabic stem.
  • (Kiambu) IPA(key): /ɾòɲàːɾèɾèꜜ/
Yukawa (1981, 1985) classifies the term rũnyaarĩrĩ into a group including ini, ngo, iburi, mũgeni, mũndũ (pl. andũ), inooro, mwandĩko, and so on.[3][4]

Noun[edit]

rũnyarĩrĩ class 11 (plural nyarĩrĩ)

  1. instep
  2. human foot

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hinde, Hildegarde (1904). Vocabularies of the Kamba and Kikuyu languages of East Africa, pp. 2–3, 24–25. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  2. ^ nyarĩrĩ” in Benson, T.G. (1964). Kikuyu-English dictionary, p. 343. Oxford: Clarendon Press.
  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.