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Title:The besieged mother tongues of the northern brothers: a note on the Shammoh speakers of Jos Plateau, Nigeria
Author:Nengel, J.G.
Periodical:Afrika und Übersee: Sprachen, Kulturen
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subject:Plateau languages
Abstract:From a historical perspective, this paper assesses the influence of the outside world on the non-literate mother tongues of the Shammoh-speaking peoples of the Jos Plateau (Nigeria), from the precolonial period up to the present century. The appellation 'Shammoh' is an artificial name which covers the mother tongues of the Agusu (Gusu), Anaboze, Anoloro (Loro), Anapanawa, Atunzu, Azelle (Jere), Anemoro (Lemoro) and the Ashanga (Sanga). All Shammoh speakers use the expression 'shammo-sah' (well, good) to respond to a greeting. In the published literature the Shammoh speakers are clustered together under the generic term of Jerawa group. The languages of the Shammoh-speaking peoples have been severely affected by the pervasive influence of Hausa, the dominant lingua franca. They are endangered languages which risk disappearing irretrievably. Bibliogr., notes, ref.