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Kunama
Native to Eritrea, Ethiopia
Region western Eritrea, northern Ethiopia
Native speakers
190,000 all Kunama  (2006–2007)[1]
Latin
Language codes
ISO 639-3 kun
Glottolog kuna1268[2]

The Kunama language is a language isolate which has been included in the proposed Nilo-Saharan language family. Kunama 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 (17th ed., 2013)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Kunama". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 



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