The Nubi Language of Uganda: An Arabic Creole in Africa

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BRILL, 2005 - Foreign Language Study - 443 pages
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The Nubi language is spoken in Uganda and Kenya. Nubi is Arabic, since about 90% of its vocabulary is of an Arabic nature. It is often termed a creole, since many of its structural and developmental features resemble those of known creoles. The growth and development of the Nubi language must be situated near Lake Albert towards the end of the nineteenth century. This period is well documented and is described at length in the first part. This volume also provides a detailed description of the Nubi language of Uganda, and it deals with the development of the language and searches for the relevant Arabic source dialects. The book includes more than one thousand examples and several texts, recorded by the author during two extensive periods of field research.
 

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Contents

Population of Bar alGhazl zarbas in 1874
9
Population Amadi district station September
29
Phonology
44
Stress and tone in verbs bare verb gerund
54
The Noun Phrase
69
Possessive pronouns and adjectives in Nubi
70
Givns threeway division of article use in creole
82
Demonstratives in Nubi
95
NubiTurku distinctions in phonology
310
NubiTurku distinctions in the lexicon
314
Pronouns in Arabic pcs
315
Possessive pronouns in Arabic pcs
316
Possessive pronouns in Arabic dialects
317
Number in Arabic pcs
318
Number in Arabic dialects
319
Fossilized forms vs Nubi innovations of plural Table 39 Articles and demonstratives in the Arabic marking
320

The Verb Phrase
138
Features of non individuation of the object
142
Future expressions
166
List of Nubi transitiveintransitive verbs
181
Distribution and use of the gerund and infinitive
189
Nubi expressions of possession
207
Creole TMAmarkers and their functions
213
Other Word Classes
218
Prepositional combinations
220
Nubi question words
235
Clause Structure
247
Nubi verbs of manipulation
268
Nubi from a Diachronic and Comparative Perspective
284
Classification of the substrate languages of Nubi
286
UN Swahili words in k
299
Common features in pcs and certain Arabic dialects features unique to pcs
308
Definite article and demonstratives in the pcs
321
Numeral formation in Turku and JANubi
327
Numerals in Arabic dialects
328
NubiTurku differences in NP
329
NubiTurku verbs deriving from imperative
332
Nubi and Turku verbs derived from Arabic Table 47 UN and Turku verbs derived from different perfects
334
source forms
337
Transitive ufinal verbs and intransitive Cfinal verbs in Turku
342
Features of gerunds in Bari
358
Arabic pc features and common features of Table 51 NubiTurku distinctions in VP
362
Common features of Arabic dialects and pcs vs unique Arabic pc features in other word classes
368
texts
381
References
431
Index
441
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About the author (2005)

Ineke Wellens, Ph.D. (2003) in Linguistics, University of Nijmegen, spent five years in Uganda.

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