Tem language


Tem (Temba), or Kotokoli (Cotocoli), is a Gur language spoken in Togo, Ghana, and Benin. It is used by neighboring peoples. In Ghana the Kotokoli people comes from a northern part of the Volta Region a town called Kuoe. Kuoe shares boarder with Togo with a small river which is called the Kuoe river separating it from Togo.

Tem
Kotokoli
RegionTogo, Ghana, Benin
EthnicityTem people
Native speakers
290,000 in Togo and Benin (2001–2012)[1]
ca. 50,000 in Ghana (1987–1993)[2]
Latin (Tem alphabet)
Tem Braille
Arabic (former)
Language codes
ISO 639-3kdh
Glottologtemm1241

Writing System


Alphabet
Uppercase ABCDƉ EƐFGGb HIƖJK KpLMNNy ŊŊmOƆP RSTUƱ VWYZ
Lowercase abcdɖ eɛfggb hiɩjk kplmnny ŋŋmoɔp rstuʊ vwyz

High tone is indicated by an acute accent: á é ɛ́ í ɩ́ ó ɔ́ ú ʊ́, no accent indicates low tone. Long vowels are indicated by doubling the letter: aa ee ɛɛ ii ɩɩ oo ɔɔ uu ʊʊ, both are accented id the tone is high: (áá etc.), only the first is accented if the tone is descending (áa), only the second is accented if the tone is ascending (aá).

References


  1. Tem at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. Tem at Ethnologue (13th ed., 1996).