Vernacular - English


D


dɩ̀2ptc1there was ... used to introduce an unexpected encounterBaa mʋ dɩ vaha nɛ ŋɩɩ.They were walking and suddenly there was a dog there.2‘if’ used in first part of a conditionDɩ ŋ nɛ bɩ kɔ, mɩ dʋndʋŋa jaŋ mʋ.If you do not come, I will go alone.
dɩ́ ... lɛv phrto surprise, take by surpriseMoribii la lɛlɛ dɩ mɩ lɛ nɛ.I am puzzled about the lost money.Ʋ jʋʋ dɩ́ mɩ lɛ.He came in and took me by surprise.
dɩ̀àcfdɩamɩŋtempyesterday (form of dɩamɩŋ)Ʋ dɩa mʋ Tamalɩ.He went to Tamale yesterday.8.4.1.2.2Yesterday, today, tomorrow
dɩ̀ánhouse, home, room6.5.1.1House
dɩa tɩɩnanlandlord, house owner2Person
dɩalʋɔrɛcfgeliŋnambagɩlɩwiencat1.6.1.1Mammal
dɩamɩŋcfdɩ̀àtempyesterdayƲ kɔ dɩamɩŋ.He came yesterday.8.4.1.2.2Yesterday, today, tomorrow
dɩanaaŋcfhadɔŋɔhahɩaŋnsenior co-wife2.6.1Marriage
dɩaŋcfkʋbalanumone (when counting)8.1.1.7Number series
dɩatolocftaatɩɩŋnmouse1.6.1.1.4Rodent
dɩbaalacfdɩhaalamalɩmaŋaanangirl's brother4.1.9.1.3Brother, sister
dɩboliicfdɩboluŋndistant place8.2.6Distance
dɩboluŋcfdɩboliindistance 8.2.6Distance
dɩbʋlʋŋnsolution to a problem
dɩchɩnɩŋnposition
dɩdaanɩŋtempevening, late afternoonƲ jaŋ kɔ dɩdaanɩŋ.He will come this evening.8.4.1Period of time
dɩdaansʋʋŋnwall gecko1.6.1.3Reptile
dɩdagɩranteacher/facilitator2Person
dɩdɛ sɩaaidto pretendƲ na mɩɩ kɔ, ʋ dɩdɛ sɩaa arɩ ʋʋ tɩŋ nɛ.He pretended to be working when he saw me.4.3Behavior
dɩdɛrɩŋnend8.4.6.1.3End
dɩdɩɛsɩŋnplace to rear animals6.3Animal husbandry
dɩɛgɛvto dozeƲ dɩɛgɛ doŋ.He was dozing.2.2Body functions
dɩ́ɛsɛ́vto rearMɩɩ chɛ mɩ dɩɛsɛ jiŋŋee nɛ.I want to rear chickens.6.3Animal husbandry
dɩ̀ɛsɛ̀vto be overjoyedJoŋ moribiiŋ pʋ, ʋ jaŋ dɩɛsɛ dɩ ŋ na.Give him a money and see him cheer up.2.2Body functions
dɩgɩlɩmbiiŋneardrum2.1Body