Language Gǀui

edited by Sell, Lena

Gǀui is a Khoe-Kwadi language spoken by about 1500 native speakers mainly in Botswana and belongs to the Gǁana language cluster. It is represented here in the orthography as proposed by Hirosi Nakagawa.

Classification

Lineage
Khoe-Kwadi khoe1240

Categories

ɡǀa᷇ã
grass (life form)
ǂʰáá
hard section of a pan where no water gathers
ǂàà
wide land without trees, only grasses
ǃánà
vine (life form)
ǁʰàù
animals caught with snare
ǁʼāū
fish
dzérá
bird (life form)
ǀèrù
grassland, place with long grasses
gúũ-wà-háã
useless/harmless; non-edible, non-medicinal and non-dangerous plants and animals
ìī
tree (life form)
kχʼóo-χo
larger ungulates that are hunted, “eat-thing”
kχʼôo-χo ǀʔóbi
game with plenty of/fatty meat
ŋǂà̰bı̄
type of vegitation with Grewia flava
ŋǃá̰m̄
grassy (small) area without trees, an area with hard sand
ŋǂébā
type of vegetation with Silver terminalia
ǃóò
basin, large puddle in a dried river bed
paa-χò
dangerous animals, “bite-thing”; synonym: ŋǂīī-ǀùà, ŋǂǐi-ǀoã (carnivores, possible man-killers)
ǀqāā
dry valley
ǀqχʼáo
snake (life form)
ǃqχʼúı́
grassland, place with long grasses
tsı̀ù
water pit, well
tsôo
medicine
tsṵ̀m̄
plants eaten raw
ɡǀúī
vegetation abundant in thornless bushes and grasses
ɡǃṵ̀mà
type of vegetation full of Shepherd's tree (Boscia albitrunca)
ǃúrı̄-ʔò
small dried pan
ǂʔuũ-χò
edible plants and insects, “eat-thing”
ǀχáa
edible vertebrate animals, “meat”
ǀχáa-ǀoa
small game animals, “small meat”
ǀχáī
large, flat area of pan (with grass growing)
ǁχārī
grove, area dense with trees
ǁχáú
woodland, forest (mainly consisting of tall thorny trees)
ǁχúm̀
river
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