Bushi (Shibushi / Kibushi)

Bushi is a member of the East Barito branch of Malayo-Polynesian languages with about 806,200 speakers. It is spoken in northwestern Madagascar in the Antsiranana (Diego-Suarez) and Mahajanga (Majunga) areas. There are also Bushi speakers on Mayotte in the Comorian islands, who make up about 40% of the island's population, or 39,200 people.

Bushi is known as Kibushi in Mayotte, or Shibushi in the other local language, Shimaore. Dialects include Kiantalaotse and Kibushi-Kimaore.

Bushi alphabet and pronunciation

This is the offical alphabet introduced by the Conseil de la Culture, de l'Education et de l'Environnement de Mayotte in February 2006. Before then Bushi was written with an informal French-based orthography.

Bushi alphabet and pronunciation

Sample text in Bushi

Ɓinadamu djabi nitirahinyi an-nafasi, reu bokeu miraŋa amin’ni usheu ndreka haki. Reu teraka ndreka ãkili ndreka hikima, amin’ni zenyi, reu nikulazimu nisi tweraŋa nin-fihavaŋa reu sambi reu.

Translation

All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)

Links

Information about Bushi
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bushi_language
http://www.ethnologue.com/language/buc

Malayo-Polynesian languages

Acehnese, Ajië, Aklan, Anutan, Balinese, Batak, Bikol, Bugis, Buhid, Bushi, Cebuano, Cham, Chamorro, Chuukese, Cia-Cia, Cuyonon, Dawan, Drehu, Fijian, Filipino, Futunan, Hanuno'o, Hawaiian, Hiligaynon, Iban, Iloko, Indonesian, Javanese, Kadazandusun, Kapampangan, Kiribati, Madurese, Makasarese, Malagasy, Malay, Mandar, Maori, Maranao, Marshallese, Minangkabau, Moriori, Nauruan, Ndrumbea, Nias, Paamese, Paicî, Palauan, Pangasinan, Pohnpeian, Raga, Rapa Nui, Rarotongan, Rejang, Rotuman, Sakao, Samoan, Central Sinama, Sundanese, Tagalog, Tagbanwa, Tahitian, Tausūg, Tetum, Tokelauan, Tongan, Toraja-Sa'dan, Tuvaluan, Waray-Waray, Xârâcùù, Yapese,

Other languages written with the Latin alphabet