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Some Obsfirvations on Midob Phonology

Some Obsfirvations on Midob Phonology

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Title: Some Obsfirvations on Midob Phonology
Author: Bashir, Abeer Mohamed Ali
Abstract: Midob (also spelt Meidob) is a language spoken near Jabal Meidob in Nothern Darfur. According to the classification of Greenberg (1963), Midob belongs to the Nubian language family which is a sub-branch of Eastern Sudanic, a branch of the Nilo-Saharan language phylum. Earlier linguistic work on Midob has been done by MacMichael (1912) in which he published a Midob-English wordlist.This wordlist was examined byWestermann (1912/13). Comparing it to Nile Nubian (NN)2 he found that Midob is a Nubian language. In 1918 MacMichael presented a comparative word list, which included English-Midob-Birgid-Barabra,3 to support his ethnological claim that the Nile Nubian Barabra, and Darfur Nubian (DN) Midob and Birgid, are of the same origin. Zyhlarz (1928) sketches the grammatical systems of Midob and Birgid, and compares them to NN and. Kordofan Nubian (KN), suggesting that the Nubian language group consists of three branches: a Northern branch ( NN), a Southwestern branch ( DN), and a Southern branch ( KN) (Jakobi and Kummerle 1993: 118). In 1983,Thelwall published a phonology ofMidob, plus grammatical notes and a basic vocabulary. Ten years later in 1993,Werner published his book Tidn-cial:A Study of Midob in which he provides a brief grammar and a larger Midob-English and English-Midob vocabulary.
URI: http://khartoumspace.uofk.edu/123456789/25364
Date: 2015


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