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Sudanese Arabic
Arabic
is the variety of Arabic
Arabic
spoken throughout Sudan. Some of the tribes in Sudan
Sudan
still have similar accents to the ones in Saudi Arabia.

Contents

1 History 2 Unique phonological characteristics 3 Influence of Nubian languages 4 Regional variation 5 Greetings in Sudanese Arabic 6 Assenting - saying yes 7 See also 8 References

8.1 English 8.2 French 8.3 German 8.4 Arabic

9 External links

History[edit] In 1889 the Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain claimed that the Arabic
Arabic
spoken in Sudan
Sudan
was "a pure but archaic Arabic". The pronunciation of certain letters was like Hijazi, and not Egyptian, such as g being the pronunciation for the Arabic letter Qāf
Qāf
and J being the pronunciation for Jim.[3] Unique phonological characteristics[edit] Sudanese Arabic
Arabic
is distinct from Egyptian Arabic and does not share some of the characteristic properties of that dialect despite the overall similarity of the two dialects. Sudanese Arabic
Arabic
is more closely related to Hejazi Arabic[4] The Arabic
Arabic
letter ج maintains an archaic pronunciation [ɡʲ] in Sudanese[citation needed] (other dialects typically have [dʒ], [ʒ] or [j], while Egyptian Arabic has [ɡ]). Sudanese Arabic
Arabic
also maintains an archaic rendering of qaf as [ɢ] (Voiced uvular plosive) while Egyptian (like some other modern Urban dialects) renders it as [ʔ]. The uvular rendering of qaf has been lost in nearly every other Arabic
Arabic
dialect and is also considered a relic. Also peculiar to Sudanese is the quality of the Arabic
Arabic
vowel transliterated as u/ū; this is usually transliterated as o in materials on Sudanese because the sound ranges from ɵ~o rather than the typical ʊ~u. In addition to differences in pronunciation, Sudanese Arabic
Arabic
also uses some different words when compared to Egyptian Arabic. For example, the interrogative pronoun "what" in Sudan
Sudan
is shinu rather than "eh" as in Egyptian Arabic. Influence of Nubian languages[edit] In northern and central parts of Sudan, Sudanese colloquial Arabic
Arabic
has been influenced by the Nubian language, which in ancient times was the dominant language in Southern Egypt and Northern Sudan. Many of the agricultural and farming terms in Sudanese Arabic
Arabic
were adopted from Nubian.

Sudanese Arabic
Arabic
angareb < Nobiin: àngàréé "wooden bed" Sudanese Arabic
Arabic
kadēsa < Nobiin: kàdíís "cat" versus Standard Arabic
Arabic
qiṭṭ and hirr (and derivatives of the same, i.e. diminutive hurayrah "housecat, kitten").

Regional variation[edit] Because of the varying influence of local languages in different parts of Sudan, there is considerable regional variation in Arabic
Arabic
spoken throughout the country. Sudanese Arabic
Arabic
typically refers to Arabic spoken mostly in central parts of Sudan. The other most commonly mentioned derivative of Sudanese Arabic
Arabic
is Juba Arabic, a pidgin of Arabic
Arabic
spoken in South Sudan, which is much more heavily influenced by other local languages. Greetings in Sudanese Arabic[edit] In northern Sudan, greetings are typically extended, and involve multiple questions about the other person's health, their family etc. When greeting someone you know informally, it is common to begin with the word o, followed by the person's first name: Ō, Khalafalla or Ō, kēf ya Khalafalla. Formal greetings often begin with the universal As-salām ˤalaykom and the reply, Wa ˤalaykom as-salām, an exchange common to Muslims everywhere. However, other greetings typical to Sudan
Sudan
include Izzēyak (to men) or Izzēyik (to women). A rather informal way to say "How are you", is Inta shadīd? Inti shadīda? "Are you well? (to a male and a female, respectively)", the response to which is usually al-Hamdo lillāh "Praise God" assuming you are indeed feeling well, ma batal "not bad" or nosnos "half-half)" if feeling only okay or taˤban showayya "a little tired" if not so well. Of course, there can be many other responses but these are used in everyday language. Other everyday greetings include kwayyis(a), alhamdulilah "Good, thanks to allah", Kēf al-usra? "how is the family?" or kēf al awlād? "how are the children". For friends, the question Kēf? can also be formed using the person's first name, prefixed by ya, for example; kēf ya Yōsif? "How are you, Joseph?". Another standard response in addition to al-hamdu lillāh is Allāh ybarik fik "God's blessing upon you". Additional greetings are appropriate for particular times and are standard in most varieties of Arabic, such as Sabāh al-khēr? / Sabāh an-Nōr. Sudanese that know each other well will often use many of these greetings together, sometimes repeating themselves. It is also common to shake hands on first meeting, sometimes simultaneously slapping or tapping each other on the left shoulder before the handshake (particularly for good friends). Handshakes in Sudan
Sudan
can often last as long as greetings. A handshake between well-acquainted Sudanese will often be preceded by raising one's right hand and touching each other's left shoulder simultaneously before engaging in the handshake, all while exchanging verbal greetings. Assenting - saying yes[edit] The Sudanese Arabic
Arabic
word for "yes" depends on the tribe; aye is widely used, similar to the Scottish aye, although aywa or na‘am are also commonly used. See also[edit]

Nubi language Juba Arabic

References[edit]

 This article incorporates text from Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain
Great Britain
and Ireland, Volume 17, by Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain
Great Britain
and Ireland, JSTOR (Organization), a publication from 1888 now in the public domain in the United States.

^ Sudanese Arabic
Arabic
at Ethnologue
Ethnologue
(18th ed., 2015) ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Sudanese Arabic". Glottolog
Glottolog
3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.  ^ Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain
Great Britain
and Ireland, JSTOR (Organization) (1888). Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain
Great Britain
and Ireland, Volume 17. p. 11. Retrieved 2011-05-08.  ^ Bruce Ingham, "Some Characteristics of Meccan Speech", Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, Vol. 34, No. 2. (1971), pp. 273–297.

Arlette Roth, 1969–1972, Lexique des parlers arabes tchado-soudanais. An Arabic-English-French lexicon of dialects spoken in the Chad- Sudan
Sudan
area compiled by Arlette Roth-Laly, Paris: Editions du Centre Nationale de la recherche scientifique.

English[edit]

Victoria Bernal, 1991, Cultivating Workers, Peasants and Capitalism in a Sudanese Village, New York: Colombia University Press, see glossary of Sudanese Arabic
Arabic
words pp 203–206. James Dickins. 2008. Online Arabic/English Dictionary of Sudanese Arabic, and English/ Arabic
Arabic
Dictionary of Sudanese Arabic
Arabic
available at http://www.leeds.ac.uk/arts/profile/40000/479/james_dickins. James Dickins. 2007a. Sudanese Arabic: Phonematics and Syllable Structure. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz. James Dickins. 2007b. Khartoum Arabic. In The Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics (Vol. 2) (K. Versteegh et al. eds.). Leiden: Brill. pp. 559–571, available at http://www.languages.salford.ac.uk/staff/KhartoumArabicArticleDickins.pdf James Dickins, 2006. The Verb Base in Central Urban Sudanese Arabic. In Grammar as a Window onto Arabic
Arabic
Humanism: A Collection of Articles in Honour of Michael G. Carter (L. Edzard and Janet Watson, eds.). Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz. pp. 155–195. Elizabeth M. Bergman, 2004. Spoken Sudanese Arabic, Grammar, Dialogues and Glossary, Springfield, VA, Dunwoody Press. Abdel-Hadi Mohammed Omer, 1984, Arabic
Arabic
in the Sudanese setting: A Sociolinguistic study (Language Planning, Diglossia, Standardisation), Unpublished dissertation, Indiana University (available on Proquest). Andrew and Janet Persson with Ahmad Hussein, 1979, Sudanese Colloquial Arabic
Arabic
for beginners, Summer Institute of Linguistics, Horsleys Green, High Wycombe, United Kingdom: This book is a good introduction to Sudanese colloquial Arabic
Arabic
as spoken in Khartoum. Text is in both Arabic
Arabic
and Latin scripts, making it accessible to those that do not read Arabic
Arabic
but want basic conversational skills. Alan S. Kaye, 1976, Chadian and Sudanese Arabic
Arabic
in the light of comparative Arabic
Arabic
dialectology, Mouton: The Hague, ISBN 90-279-3324-3. El Rashid Abubakr, 1970, The noun phrase in the spoken Arabic
Arabic
of Sudan, Unpublished dissertation, University of London, UK. J. Spenser Trimmingham, 1946, Sudan
Sudan
Colloquial Arabic, London, Oxford University Press, G. Cumberlege. Vincent Llewllyn Grifiths & Abdel Rahman Ali Taha, 1936, Sudan courtesy customs; a foreigner's guide to polite phrases in common use among sophisticated Arabic
Arabic
speaking population of Northern Sudan, Khartoum, published by the Sudan
Sudan
Government. S. Hillelson, 1935, Sudan
Sudan
Arabic
Arabic
texts, Cambridge, UK: The University Press.

French[edit]

Michel Baumer, 1968, Les noms vernaculaires soudanais utiles à l'écologiste, Unpublished dissertation, Université de Montpelier, France.

German[edit]

Randolph Galla, 1997, Kauderwelsch, Sudanesisch-Arabisch Wort für Wort, Reise Know How-Verlag, Bielefeld, 1. Auflage, ISBN 3-89416-302-X Stefan Reichmuth, 1983, Der arabische Dialekt der Šukriyya in Ostsudan, Hildesheim, New York: G. Olms (originally authors thesis, Freie Universität, Berlin), ISBN 3-487-07457-5.

Arabic[edit]

عون الشريف قاسم (ʿAwn al-Sharīf Qāsim), 1972, قاموس اللهجة العامية في السودان (A Dictionary of the Vernacular Dialect in the Sudan), الخرطوم: الدار السودانية للكتاب (Khartoum: Sudanese Publishers).

External links[edit]

Sudanese Arabic
Arabic
test of at Wikimedia Incubator

Aramati – Sudanese Arabic An online dictionary of Sudanese Arabic, plus a c. 6,000-word description of the language

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Arabic
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Alphabet

Nabataean alphabet Perso- Arabic
Arabic
alphabet Ancient North Arabian Ancient South Arabian script

Zabūr script

Arabic
Arabic
numerals Eastern numerals Arabic
Arabic
Braille

Algerian

Diacritics

i‘jām Tashkil Harakat Tanwin Shaddah

Hamza Tāʾ marbūṭah

Letters

ʾAlif Bāʾ Tāʾ

Tāʾ marbūṭah

Ṯāʾ Ǧīm Ḥāʾ Ḫāʾ Dāl Ḏāl Rāʾ Zāy Sīn Šīn Ṣād Ḍād Ṭāʾ Ẓāʾ ʿAyn Ġayn Fāʾ Qāf Kāf Lām Mīm Nūn Hāʾ

Tāʾ marbūṭah

Wāw Yāʾ Hamza

Notable varieties

Ancient

Proto-Arabic Old Arabic Ancient North Arabian Old South Arabian

Standardized

Classical Modern Standard Maltese[a]

Regional

Nilo-Egyptian Levantine Maghrebi

Pre-Hilalian dialects Hilalian dialects Moroccan Darija Tunisian Arabic Sa'idi Arabic

Mesopotamian Peninsular

Yemeni Arabic Tihamiyya Arabic

Sudanese Chadian Modern South Arabian

Ethnic / religious

Judeo-Arabic

Pidgins/Creoles

Juba Arabic Nubi language Babalia Creole Arabic Maridi Arabic Maltese

Academic

Literature Names

Linguistics

Phonology Sun and moon letters ʾIʿrāb (inflection) Grammar Triliteral root Mater lectionis IPA Quranic Arabic
Arabic
Corpus

Calligraphy Script

Diwani Jawi script Kufic Rasm Mashq Hijazi script Muhaqqaq Thuluth Naskh (script) Ruqʿah script Taʿlīq script Nastaʿlīq script Shahmukhī script Sini (script)

Technical

Arabic
Arabic
keyboard Arabic
Arabic
script in Unicode ISO/IEC 8859-6 Windows-1256 MS-DOS codepages

708 709 710 711 720 864

Mac Arabic
Arabic
encoding

aSociolinguistically not Arabic

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Varieties of Arabic

Pre-Islamic

Old Arabic

Modern literary

Classical Modern Standard

Nilo-Egyptian

Egyptian Chadian Sa'idi Sudanese

Peninsular

Northeastern

Gulf

Omani Shihhi Dhofari Kuwaiti

Najdi

Western

Bareqi Hejazi

Sedentary Bedouin

Southern

Baharna Yemeni

Hadhrami San'ani Ta'izzi-Adeni Tihami Judeo-Yemeni

Northwestern

Northwest Arabian

Eastern

Mesopotamian

North Mesopotamian

Cypriot Anatolian Judeo-Iraqi

South Mesopotamian

Baghdad Koiné Khuzestani

Central Asian

Afghani Khorasani Central Asian Arabic

Levantine

North Levantine

North Syrian Central Levantine

Central Syrian Lebanese

South Levantine

Jordanian Palestinian

Urban Central village

Outer southern

Western

Iberian

Andalusian

Maghrebi

Pre-Hilalian

Urban

North-Eastern Tunisian

Eastern Village

Sahel Sfaxian Lesser Kabylia

Western Village

Traras-Msirda Mountain

Judeo-Maghrebi Arabic

Judeo-Moroccan Judeo-Tripolitanian Judeo-Tunisian

Hilalian

Sulaym

Libyan koiné

Eastern Hilal

Tunisian koiné

Central Hilal

Algerian koiné Algerian Saharan Eastern Algerian Western Algerian

Maqil

Western Moroccan Eastern Moroccan Moroccan koiné Hassānīya

Siculo-Arabic

Sicilian Arabic
Arabic
(extinct ancestor of Maltese which is not part of the Arabic
Arabic
macrolanguage[1])

Undescribed

Shirvani

Judeo-Arabic

Judeo-Iraqi

Judeo-Baghdadi

Judeo-Moroccan Judeo-Tripolitanian Judeo-Tunisian Judeo-Yemeni

Creoles and pidgins

Babalia Bimbashi Juba Nubi Maridi Turku

Italics indicate extinct languages.

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