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By Ineke Wellens

The Nubi language is spoken in Uganda and Kenya. Nubi is Arabic, due to the fact approximately ninety% of its vocabulary is of an Arabic nature. it's always termed a creole, due to the fact a lot of its structural and developmental gains resemble these of recognized creoles.

the expansion and improvement of the Nubi language needs to be located close to Lake Albert in the direction of the tip of the 19th century. this era is easily documented and is defined at size within the first half. This quantity additionally presents an in depth description of the Nubi language of Uganda, and it offers with the advance of the language and searches for the proper Arabic resource dialects.

The ebook contains multiple thousand examples and several other texts, recorded through the writer in the course of large sessions of box examine.

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2. ), 39 I have never heard it being used in present-day Nubi. The mother tongue is the language first acquired by a child. The first language is the language preferred in a multilingual situation. Both languages are therefore not always identical. 40 34 An Arabic creole in Africa: The Nubi language of Uganda we have seen that people of the local tribes continued to enter the trading and military camps, looking for a better livelihood. This involved a constant input of village-born children, so that it is doubtful that the number of camp-born children was high enough to outnumber the village-born children.

Having enlisted the Sudanese in Egypt for the Imperial British East African Company, he naturally looked on them as his special charge, (…)" (Lugard 1968: 61). Furley (1959: 321) adds that four officers, speakers of Arabic, were appointed to command the Sudanese. However, the language of the Sudanese was probably not an Arabic dialect, but a p/c Arabic, which they learnt as they were recruited (see also Thorburn 1924: 314). We know, however, nothing of the Arabic of Williams and the four officers.

4). g. g. in 'ana 'I': [«aÚna] or [«æÚnæ]. After the bilabials [b], [p], [m], and [w], a is pronounced as [å], for instance in ba'na [bå«naÚ] 'girls', 'lipa [«liÚpå] 'pay', ma [må] 'with', nuswa'na [nuswå«naÚ] 'women', mas'wal [mås«wå…l] 'question'. 44 In Ugandan Nubi, no distinction is made between 'bara 'outside' and 'bara 'the outside'. In Ugandan Nubi 'bewitch' is sa'ara, sa'hara or sa'÷ara, consisting of three syllables of which the second is the vowel -a-. It is thus different from bisyllabic 'sara 'herd cattle'.

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