Languages

Nubi

The Nubi language (also called Ki-Nubi) is a Sudanese Arabic-based Creole language spoken in Uganda around Bombo and Kenya around Kibera by the descendants of Emin Pasha's Sudanese soldiers, settled there by the British. It was spoken by about 15,000 people in Uganda in 1991 (according to the census), and an estimated 10,000 in Kenya; another source estimates about 50,000 speakers as of 2001. 90% of the lexicon derives from Arabic, but the grammar has been massively simplified, as has the sound system.

Sample verb: ákulú

Affirmative tenses

Aoristákulú
Futureb-ákulú
Perfectkàlás ákulú
Pluperfectkáàn ákulú
Progressivegí ákulú
Future progressivebì gí ákulú
Pluperfect progressivekáàn gí ákulú
Hypothetical progressivekáàn b-ákulú

Negative tenses

Aoristmá ákulú; ákulú má
Futuremá b-ákulú
Perfectkàlás ákulú má
Pluperfectkáàn !má ákulú
Progressivemá !gí ákulú
Future progressivemá bì gí ákulú
Pluperfect progressivekáàn !má gí ákulú
Hypothetical progressivekáàn !má b-ákulú
Categories: Creole | Language

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