Inge Hofmann: Nubisches Wörterverzeichnis :Nubisch-deutsches unddeutsch-nubisches Wörterverzeichnis nach dem Kenzi-Material des Samuel Ali Hisen (1863-1927). (Collectanea Institut! Anthropos, 35.) Berlin: Dietrich Reimer, 1986. The study of the Nubian languages spoken in the Nile Valley has a long tradition that goes back to the middle of the last Century. The early researchers on Nubian shared the opinion that Nile Nubian was one language split into three or four dialects: Kenzi, Dongolawi, Mahas, and Fadicca or Mahas-Fadicca. In the course of the Century it became more and more obvious that Kenzi and Dongolawi are not mutually intelligible with Mahas-Fadicca, the latter being now called Nobiin in accordance with the self-designation of its Speakers. Linguists today acknowledge the existence of two Nubian languages spoken in the Nile Valley, one consisting of the closely related dialects Kenzi-Dongolawi, the other of Nobiin. The Kenzi people used to live in Upper Egypt north of Korosko. After the erection of the Assuan High Dam in the mid sixties they had to leave their homeland on the banks of the Nile and were resettled in the area of Köm Ombo. This resettlement, to a large extent, destroyed the traditional Nubian way of life. As a consequence,
Journal of African Languages and Linguistics – de Gruyter
Published: Jan 1, 1993
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