Turkana language

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Turkana
Ng'aturk(w)ana
Native to Kenya
Region Northwest Kenya, west of Lake Turkana
Native speakers
990,000  (2009 census)[1]
not counting Nyangatom
Dialects
Language codes
ISO 639-3 tuv (not counting Nyangatom)
Glottolog turk1308[2]

Turkana /tɜrˈkɑːnə/[3] is the language of the Turkana people of Kenya, numbering about 340,000.

It is one of the Eastern Nilotic languages, and is closely related to Karamojong, Jie and Teso of Uganda, to Toposa spoken in the extreme southeast of Sudan, and to Nyangatom in the Sudan/Ethiopia Omo valley borderland; these languages together form the cluster of Teso–Turkana languages.

The collective group name for these related group is Ateker.

Selected Vocabulary[edit]

English Turkana
singular form
Turkana
plural form
face ereet ngiReetin
body akwaan ngaWat
clothes eworu ngiWorui
food akimuj ngaMuja
tobacco etaba ngiTab
goat akine ngaKinei
cattle aite ngaAtuk
donkey esikiria ngiSikiria
camel ekaal ngiKaala
water (no sing.) ngaKipi

Bibliography[edit]

  • Dimmendaal, Gerrit J. (1983) The Turkana language. Dordrecht: Foris. ISBN 90-70176-83-1
  • Barrett, A. (1988) English–Turkana dictionary. Nairobi: MacMillan Kenya. ISBN 0-333-44577-5
  • Barrett, A. (1990) Turkana–English dictionary. London: MacMillan. ISBN 0-333-53654-1

References[edit]

  1. ^ Turkana at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Turkana". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  3. ^ Laurie Bauer, 2007, The Linguistics Student’s Handbook, Edinburgh

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