Loma (Löömàgòòi / Löghömàgòòi)

Loma is a Southwestern Mande language spoken in northern Liberia, particularly in the Belleh district of Gbarpolu county, and also in Lofa county. In 2020 there were about 299,000 people who spoke Loma.

Loma is also known as Loghoma, Looma or Lorma, and native names for Loma include Löömàgìtì, Löghömagiti, Löömàgòòi and Löghömàgòòi.

Dialects of Loma in Liberia include Gizima, Wubomai, Ziema, Gbunde and Briama. A related dialect, or separate language, known as Toma, is spoken in southern and central Guinea by about 261,000 people.

Written Loma

Loma is written with a version of the Latin alphabet. There is some literature in the language, and there is a literacy program. In the 1930s and 1940s it was written with the Loma syllabary, which invented during the 1930s by Wido Zobo (Widɔ Zoɓo) of Boneketa in Liberia.

Latin alphabet for Loma

Latin alphabet for Loma

Sample text (The Lord's Prayer)

Yài è ga gé ɣeeai è gee-zuvɛ,ɓaa ɣa la yà laa-zeigi ma,yà masadai va,è yii-mai ɣɛ zui zu è ɣɛ velei é ɣɛɛzu la è wɔ vɛ,è zaa mii ŋenigi ʋe gé ya,è gé vaa ʋaitiɛ zu ʋaa yɛ,è ɣɛ velei gá ɓalaa gé zɔitiɛ zu ʋaa yɛga la gá ʋaa yega te va.Mɛ lɛ kɛ tɛ-ga ɔ́ wo ga gíɛ,kɛ̀ è gé wulo tuɓo-vele-yowũ nui ya.

Details provided by Michael Peter Füstumum.

Sample video in Loma

Information about Loma | Loma syllabary | Phrases

Links

Information about Loma
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loma_language
https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loma_(Sprache)
https://www.ethnologue.com/language/LOM

Syllabaries

Bamum, Caroline Island Script, Celtiberian, Cherokee, Cypriot, Dunging (Iban), Eskayan, Hiragana, Iberian, Katakana, Kpelle, Loma, Mende (Kikakui), Mwangwego, Ndjuká, Nüshu, Nwagụ Aneke, Vai, Yi, Yugtun

Other writing systems

Page last modified: 12.06.22

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