Kunama language

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Kunama
Kunama.png
Native toEritrea, Ethiopia
Regionwestern Eritrea, northern Ethiopia
Native speakers
190,000 all Kunama (2006–2007)[1]
Latin
Language codes
ISO 639-3kun
Glottologkuna1268[2]

The Kunama language has been included in the proposed Nilo-Saharan language family, though it is distantly related to the other languages, if at all. Kunama is spoken by the Kunama people of western Eritrea and just across the Ethiopian border. The language has several dialects including: Barka, Marda, Aimara, Odasa, Tika, Lakatakura, Sokodasa, Takazze-Selit and Tigray. Ilit and Bitama are not mutually intelligible and so may be considered distinct languages.

References[edit]

  • Bender, M. Lionel. 1996. Kunama. Languages of the World/Materials 59. München: Lincom Europa.
  • Idris, Nikodimos.1987. The Kunama and their language. Addis Ababa University BA thesis
  • Thompson, E. D. 1983. "Kunama: phonology and noun phrase" in Bender, M. L. (ed.): Nilo-Saharan Language Studies. East Lansing: African Studies Center, Michigan State University. pp. 280–322.
  • Thompson, E. David. 1989. "Kunama Verb Phrase" in Bender, M. Lionel (ed.): Topics in Nilo-Saharan Linguistics. Hamburg: Helmut Buske Verlag. pp. 305–346.
  • Tucker, A. N. and Bryan, M. A. 1966. "Kunama" in Linguistic Analyses: the Non-Bantu Languages of North-Eastern Africa. London: Oxford University Press.

External links[edit]

  1. ^ Kunama at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Kunama". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.