Thilo C. Schadeberg / Roger M. Blench (eds.): Nuba Mountain Language Studies [PDF]


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8 pp. Roman, 586 pp.
6 maps, 4 b/w photos, 2 genealogies, 9 graphs, numeous tables and charts

Text language: English

This book is the outcome of the first international conference on the Nuba Mountain languages, held in Leiden, September 2-4, 2011. It contains 32 original contributions and constitutes an important leap forward in the linguistic exploration of this complex area. Additional papers not presented were commissioned to provide a more complete overview of the area, thereby contributing to pioneer studies of previously poorly researched languages.

The Nuba Mountains are seen as a well circumscribed geographical and cultural area by its inhabitants and outsiders alike. They are almost entirely located in the centre of the State of South Kordofan within the Republic of the Sudan. The term Nuba Mountain languages refers to the forty-plus languages indigenous to this area, which can uncontroversially be assigned to ten linguistic (genetic) groups, with the addition of regional varieties of Arabic. The papers in this volume include at least one language from each of the ten indigenous groups of the Nuba Mountains. They cover a wide range of topics, with a focus on descriptive linguistics, although particular contributions may not easily fit into the traditional linguistic categories of syntax – morphology – phonology.


Thilo C. Schadeberg / Roger M. Blench: The Nuba Mountain languages – an introduction


Sharon Rose: The morphological structure of the Moro verb

Peter Jenks: Noun phrases in Moro

Farrell Ackerman / John Moore: Objects in Moro

Angelo Ngaloka Naser: Moro literacy education and language development

Nicolas Quint: Integration of borrowed nouns in Koalib, a noun class language

Thilo C. Schadeberg: Comparative constructions in Ebang (Heiban)

Mariam Sharif: Production and protection of knowledge – language use, herbal medicine and health education in Heiban Locality


John Vanderelst: Personal pronouns in Dagik (Talodi, Kordofanian)

Thomas Kuku Alaki / Russell Norton: Tocho phonology and orthography

Russell Norton: The Acheron vowel system – a participatory approach

Heleen Smits: The locative-applicative suffix in Lumun


Birgit Hellwig: Verbal morphology in Katla

Suzan Alamin: Tima adjectives

Abeer Bashir: Conditions on feature specification in Tima

Gertrud Schneider-Blum: Personal pronouns in Tima

Abdelrahim Hamid Mugaddam / Ashraf Kamal Abdelhay: Exploring the sociolinguistic profile of Tima in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan


Thilo C. Schadeberg: Rashad survey data


Leif O. Manger: Seligman on the Lafofa – social organisation and some terminology


Ali Ibrahim / Angelika Jakobi: Relative clauses in Taglennaa (Kordofan Nubian)

Gumma Ibrahim Gulfan: Converbs in Taglennaa (Kordofan Nubian)

Jade Comfort: Converbs in Uncunwee (Kordofan Nubian)

Khaleel Ismail: The noun in Tabag (Kordofan Nubian)

Khalifa Jabreldar Khalifa: Dilling – an endangered Nubian language

Angelika Jakobi: Nubian kinship terms


Ines Fiedler: Complex predicates in Ama


Suzan Alamin: Verbs in Laggori

Stefano Manfredi: Arabic borrowings in Laggori (Eastern Daju)


Roger M. Blench: Introduction to the Temein languages


Leoma Gilley: Katcha noun morphology


Enrico Ille: Some linguistic expressions related to agricultural annual cycles in the Nuba Mountains (Miri, Krongo, Moro, Tira, Abol)

Harald Hammarström: Noun class parallels in Kordofanian and Niger-Congo – evidence of genealogical inheritance?

Roger M. Blench: Splitting up Kordofanian