The NdaʔNdaʔ Noun Class System


  • Gueche Fotso Hugues Carlos The University of Bamenda


Ndaʔndaʔ, syllable structure, noun classes, prefixes, gender


This paper discusses the specificities of noun classes in Ndaʔndaʔ. Our main objective is to analyze the structure of the noun and propose a more reliable classification of the Ndaʔndaʔ nouns. The data is collected through a questionnaire, transcribed with the International Phonetic Alphabet and analyzed within the framework of structuralism (Saussure: 1916). As far as the noun structure is concerned, a thorough description of all the syllable structures and the tone patterns of the Ndaʔndaʔ name is carried out. We revised Ngantchui’s (1989) classification and proposed |o -| and |w-| as concord prefix for class one nouns instead of |o -| and |y-|. Her claims that tones were relevant in distinguishing classes in the language is also disproved. As for gender, four double class genders and four single-class genders have been identified. The double class genders included 1/2, 3/4, 3/6 and 5/4 and the single class genders 1, 2, 3 and 6. We also took a closer look at the relational pattern existing between the constituents of the nominal construction in terms of distribution and agreement.



How to Cite

Hugues Carlos, G. F. (2022). The NdaʔNdaʔ Noun Class System . JOURNAL OF ARTS AND HUMANITIES, 5(1), 137–162. Retrieved from