By Ineke Wellens
The Nubi language is spoken in Uganda and Kenya. Nubi is Arabic, when you consider that approximately ninety% of its vocabulary is of an Arabic nature. it is usually termed a creole, on account that lots of its structural and developmental good points 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 definitely 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 bargains with the advance of the language and searches for the appropriate Arabic resource dialects.
The ebook contains a couple of thousand examples and several other texts, recorded by way of the writer in the course of broad classes of box learn.
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The native people living in the camps were in between their superiors of Nubian and Arabic origin, and the group of natives, whom they had left behind in their villages. ; Gray 1961: 113). Besides the language, religion proved to be another feature of this marginal social entity. When entering the camps, the normal procedure for the local people was conversion to Islam32. Owens (1996: 135) suggests, probably correctly, that the formative period of the ancestor of present-day Nubi began at around 1854, when through the presence of the Egyptian army, the area had become safe enough for the traders to expand their activities.
Lugard (1968: 217) mentions, however, that superior and other ranks were distinguished by dress: the highest ranks were dressed in cotton material, whereas the others covered themselves with animal hides. In the following quotation from Meldon (1907: 142), we sense the same discriminatory mentality, that may have characterized the native Arabs and true Muslims towards the 'Sudanese' and Muslims-in-name. , can read and write a little. " We may assume that a separation was maintained between the higher and the lower ranks, and that contacts between them were infrequent.
Unlike Jenkins, Meldon's article only gives linguistic information indirectly. The article consists mainly of historical and anthropological notes on the 'Sudanese' in the Ugandan military camps, which are, however, interspersed with 'Sudanese' words and short sentences. Vocabulary: Pure pidgin words, like tenu 'wait' (132) co-occur with colloquial Arabic elements, such as shok 'thorn bushes' (132), gild 'skin', 'leather' (137), and classical Arabic elements, like rajul 'man' (131). ) word rambangili 'burial' (131).
An Arabic Creole in Africa: The Nubi Language of Uganda by Ineke Wellens