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Exploring the sociolinguistic profile of Tima in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan

Exploring the sociolinguistic profile of Tima in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan

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Title: Exploring the sociolinguistic profile of Tima in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan
Author: Mugaddam, Abdelrahim
Abstract: This paper discusses some of the defining features of the sociolinguistic situation of Tima in the Nuba Mountains situated within the larger national cultural order of Sudan. It attempts to answer two key questions: What is the nature of the verbal repertoires of the individuals in the community? Whether, and how, does Tima speech play a role in the producti on of an imagined sense of solidarity against the monoglot standard ideology of the State. The socioeconomically supported nationalist regime of language has significantly led to differentially distributed and valued sociolinguistic repertoires. We argue, however, that it has paradoxically resulted in the increasing ‘maintenance’ of the long subjugated linguistic practices in many parts of the Sudan, including the Tima of the Nuba Mountains. The sources of the data for the study are a linguistic survey tria ngulated with ethnographic observation and historical documentation of metapragmatic activities in Tima and Khartoum. The paper is structured into four parts: the first part is an introduction, the second part reviews the conceptual framework . The third pa rt presents the findings of the linguistic survey , and it engages in a detailed discussion of the ongoing role of a translocal language planning body (Tima Language Committee) in the ideological enregistration of Tima speech with a new sociolinguistic prof ile. The paper concludes with an agenda for further research
Description: Exploring the sociolinguistic profile of Tima in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/4392
Date: 2014-11-12


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