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Language Status and Use in Dilling City, the Nuba Mountains

Language Status and Use in Dilling City, the Nuba Mountains

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Title: Language Status and Use in Dilling City, the Nuba Mountains
Author: Mugaddam, Abdelrahim
Abstract: The Nuba Mountains region is located in Southern Kordofan State in the Western part of Sudan. The region hosts people from different ethnic, linguistic and cultural backgrounds. Three of the African language phyla proposed by Greenberg (1966) are spoken in the region. The first phylum, Niger-Congo, is represented by the Kordofanian language group found in the Eastern part of the Nuba Mountains (e.g. Masakin, Koalib, Katla, Tima, etc.). The second group, Nilo-Saharan the largest language family in Sudan is found in the Northern and central parts of the Nuba Mountains, and is represented here by languages such as Dilling, Ama, Temein and Daju. The family also includes languages spoken outside the Nuba Mountains region: in Southern Sudan (Dinka, Shilluk, Anuak, Acholi, etc.), Northern Sudan (Nobiin and Kenzi-Dongolese), the Blue Nile region (Koma, Ingassana, Ganza, Uduk, etc.) and Darfur (Fur, Zaghawa, Daju, etc.). The third phylum, Afro-Asiatic, is represented by Arabic, which functions as the sole lingua franca across the entire region. The strategic location of the Nuba Mountains on an ancient East West route for traders and West African pilgrims on their way to Mecca, along with the fertile land in the region, has attracted many people from different parts of the Sudan as well as West Africa. The present survey has recorded a total of 37 languages spoken in the Nuba Mountains region, some indigenous and some from elsewhere, including Beja (from the East); Nobiin from the Northern state; Fur, Bargo and Massalitfrom Darfur; Dinka and Viri
Description: Language Status and Use in Dilling City, the Nuba Mountains
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/4393
Date: 2014-11-12


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