Southern Eastern Sudanic languages

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Southern Eastern Sudanic
Kir–Abbaian
(undemonstrated)
Geographic
distribution
Chad, Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda
Linguistic classification Nilo-Saharan?
Subdivisions
Glottolog None

The Southern Eastern Sudanic, Eastern n Sudanic, En Sudanic or Kir–Abbaian languages form one of two primary divisions of the Eastern Sudanic languages in the classification of Bender (2000). It is rejected as an established group in Starostin (2015).

The Southern Eastern Sudanic languages are characterized by having an /n/ in the pronoun "I/me", as opposed to the Northern Eastern Sudanic languages, which have a /k/. The best known Southern Eastern Sudanic language group, as well as the largest, is Nilotic, which includes such languages as Maasai.

Southern Eastern Sudanic isoglosses[edit]

Bender (1996) offers fifteen possible En Sudanic innovations.[1]

English Proto-En-Sudanic
Surmic Eastern Jebel Temein Daju Nilotic
fire *ma(a)(tt) Majang
maaɗ
Eastern Jebel
maʔa, mɔɔ
--- Daju
*maas
Nilotic
*mat, *mac
neck *ŋOr- Majang
ŋool
Eastern Jebel
ŋal(g)
Temein
ŋalo
Daju
*ŋaas-
Nilotic
*ŋut
white-yellow *pVr Murle
fɔɔr
Gaam
bɔɔr
Temein
fʊr
---- Dinka-Nuer
b(i)or
steal *(a)gOl Majang
agal
Gaam
gəəɬ
Temein proper
agul
Logorik
eguxo
Nilotic
*kuOl


References[edit]

  • M. L. Bender, 2000. "Nilo-Saharan". In Bernd Heine and Derek Nurse, eds., African Languages: An Introduction. Cambridge University Press.
  1. ^ M. L. Bender, 1996. Genetic sub-grouping of East Sudanic. — Afrikanische Arbeitspapiere 45, 1996, 139-150.