Goemai language

Native to Nigeria
Region Plateau State
Native speakers
200,000 (1995)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 ank
Glottolog goem1240[3]

Goemai is an Afro-Asiatic (Chadic, West Chadic A) language spoken in the Plateau state of Central Nigeria by approximately 200,000 people.[1] Its speakers refer to themselves and their language as 'Goemai'; in older linguistic, historical and ethnographical literature the term 'Ankwe' has been used to refer to the people.

Goemai is a predominantly isolating language with the subject–verb–object constituent order.


External links


  1. 1 2 Goemai at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. Blench, 2006. The Afro-Asiatic Languages: Classification and Reference List (ms)
  3. Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Goemai". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
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