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Luanyjang Dinka

  • Bert Remijsen (a1) and Caguor Adong Manyang (a2)
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Dinka is a Western Nilotic language within the Nilo-Saharan family. There are over two million speakers (Gordon 2005). The Dinkas live along the banks of the White Nile and its tributaries in Southern Sudan. There are also communities elsewhere within Sudan, in particular in the capital Khartoum, and abroad. Cows play a key role in the Dinka economy, and also in the sociocultural system. Four major dialect areas are commonly distinguished: Padang, Rek, Agar, and Bor. The variety of Dinka represented here – Luanyjang or, as in Roettger & Roettger (1989), Luac – is part of the Rek dialect group. The term Luanyjang ‘Luac Dinka’ refers in the first place to a section within the Dinka ethnic group, and by extension also to their variety of the Dinka language. The main Luanyjang town is Wuncuei, located about 170 kilometers east of the city of Wau. Luanyjang has around 15000 speakers according to Ethnologue (Gordon 2005), although the current number is likely to be much higher.

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Torben Andersen . 1987. The phonemic system of Agar Dinka. Journal of African Languages and Linguistics 9, 127.

Torben Andersen . 1990. Vowel length in Western Nilotic languages. Acta Linguistica Hafniensia 22, 526

Torben Andersen . 1993. Vowel quality alternation in Dinka verb inflection. Phonology 10, 142.

Torben Andersen . 2002. Case inflection and nominal head marking in Dinka. Journal of African Languages and Linguistics 23, 130.

Jerold A. Edmondson & John H. Esling . 2006. The valves of the throat and their functioning in tone, vocal register and stress. Phonology 23 (2), 157193.

Bert Remijsen & D. Robert Ladd . 2008. The tone system of Luanyjang Dinka. Journal of African Languages and Linguistics 29 (2), 149189.

Bert Remijsen & Cedric Macmartin . 2008. Dinka prosody data collection. http://archive.ling.ed.ac.uk/NiloticProsody.

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