U. Nüsslein: A Grammar of Kordofanian Julut – with Particular Consideration of the Verbal Morphology [PDF]


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Grammatical Analyses of African Languages Volume 61

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XXX, 393 pp.
4 colour maps, 5 colour spectrograms, 2 b/w spectrograms, 4 colour drawings, numerous tables and charts, wordlist Julut-Enlish

Text language: English

The subject matter of this study is a minority language of the Sudan with the name Julut. It is spoken in the Nuba Mountains, which are located in South Kordofan. Due to the ongoing civil war in South Kordofan since 2011, research in the Nuba Mountains is almost impossible. Therefore, the actual subject matter of this work is the Julut language predominantly of those speakers who live in the capital Khartoum.

The work’s research objective is to create a documentation and a description of the Julut language. The documentation comprises a corpus of recordings and written data. The thesis consists of a sketch grammar, a more extensive description of the verbal morphology and a small part of documentation of the Julut language.

Based on Construction Grammar, the description of the verbal morphology consists of two parts, the semasiological and onomasiological perspective on a language. Julut is a hitherto little-described language. One of the few investigations was undertaken by Birgit Hellwig in connection with her main research objective, the Katla language, between 2006 and 2007. In 1949–1950, Greenberg proposed that the language groups Heiban, Talodi, Rashad, Katla and Kadugli are branches of a Kordofanian language family (Schadeberg 1981). From that time onward, Julut was considered a dialect of the Katla language and referred to as “Julud”.

Current research by Birgit Hellwig argues that Julut and Katla should be considered a dialect continuum, because Julut and the neighbouring East Katla are mutually intelligible, but Julut and West Katla are not. Based on these findings and the fact that both ethnic groups perceive themselves to be separate communities, Julut is regarded as a discrete language and is dealt with as a separate research objective here.

Under these links you will find descriptions of further Kordofanian languages and cultures and studies of verbal systems and verbal morphology in other African languages:

Nicolas Quint: The Phonology of Koalib – A Kordofanian Language of the Nuba Mountains (Sudan) [PDF]
John Vanderelst: A Grammar of Dagik – A Kordofanian Language of Sudan [PDF]
Meike Meerpohl: The Tima of the Nuba Mountains (Sudan) – A Social Anthropological Study [PDF]
T.C. Schadeberg / R.M. Blench (eds.): Nuba Mountain Language Studies – 1st Int. Conference on the Nuba Mountain Languages, Leiden 2011 [PDF]
G. Schneider-Blum / B. Hellwig / G.J. Dimmendaal (eds.): Nuba Mountain Language Studies – 3rd Nuba Mountain Languages Conference, Cologne 2017 [PDF]

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