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  African Languages
The main subfamilies of Afro-Asiatic are the Semitic languages, the Cushitic languages, Berber, and the Chadic languages.
The Nilotic languages, having expanded substantially with the Nilotic peoples in recent centuries, are a geographically widespread language family and have a large population.
Language contact (resulting in borrowing) and, with regard to specific idioms and phrases, a similar cultural background have been put forward to account for some of the similarities.
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 Nilo-Saharan languages - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Nilo-Saharan languages are a group of African languages spoken mainly in the upper parts of the Chari and Nile rivers (whence the term "Nilo-"), including historic Nubia, north of where the two tributaries of Nile meet.
Its member languages extend, however, through 17 nations in the northern half of Africa: from Algeria and Mali in the northwest; to Benin, Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the south; and Egypt to Tanzania in the east (excluding Somalia).
Particularly controversial is the inclusion of Songhay, the language of Timbuktu and its empire.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Nilo-Saharan_languages   (884 words)

 Reference.com/Encyclopedia/African languages
Some neighbouring Bantu languages (notably Xhosa and Zulu) have adapted some "click" sounds from the Khoi-San languages, as has the Cushitic language Dahalo; but only a single language, the Australian ritual language Damin, is reported to use clicks without being a result of Khoi-San influence.
Due partly to its multilingualism and its colonial past, a substantial proportion of the world's creole languages are to be found in Africa.
An introduction to the languages and linguistics of Africa.
www.reference.com /browse/wiki/African_languages   (1738 words)

 The Nilo-Saharan Language Family
Languages of the World is brought to you by the National Virtual Translation Center.
Nouns in Nilo-Saharan languages are marked for case (nominative, absolutive, accusative, genitive, dative, locative, instrumental, and associative) by means of suffixes or tones.
Some Nubian languages, e.g., Kenuzi-Dongola spoken in Sudan and Egypt, are presently written in either the Latin or the Arabic script.
www.nvtc.gov /lotw/months/september/nilo.html   (1146 words)

 Ethnologue: Ethiopia
The Language Academy said it should be considered a separate speech variety.
The former language was possibly Eastern Sudanic or an Awngi variety (Bender 1983), or Cushitic (Bender, Bowen, Cooper and Ferguson 1976:14).
Yemsa is the primary language of the ethnic group.
www.christusrex.org /www3/ethno/Ethi.html   (3875 words)

 Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
Elmira is a graduate student in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization.
The owl feather is to protect from evil spirits and evil eyes.About the instrument: The komuz is one of the main traditional instruments of the Kirghiz.
Kagan Arik, a graduate student in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization has written a nice piece on the Kirghiz and their national epic Manas.
jsis.washington.edu /ellison/outreach_songs.shtml   (1320 words)

 Haunted Ink Live in El Centro
The people of the north are closely connected to the Kazaks; their languages and customs (nomadic herding, a limited belief in Islam) are very similar to one another, to the point that some believe they are variants of the same group.
A solo komuz performer plucking and strumming along at an ancient melody is far more interesting to me than an entire group of artists transforming that same melody into something larger and more complicated.
Each piece is a virtuoso performance by a different komuz expert, and each one reveals a different shade to this interesting instrument.
www.hauntedink.com /2005/03/various-artists-shdngts-road-music-of.html   (1017 words)

 Central Asia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
The languages of the majority of the inhabitants of the former Soviet Central Asian Republics come from the Turkic language group.
Kazakh, Kyrgyz and Tatar are related languages of the Kypchak group of Turkic languages, and are spoken throughout Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, and into Afghanistan, Xinjiang and Qinghai.
Uzbek and Uighur are spoken in Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Xinjiang.
www.knowledgehunter.info /wiki/Central_Asia   (2975 words)

 Ethnologue: Sudan
Most people in towns speak at least two languages, and it is common for them to speak Creole Arabic, English, and 1, 2, or 3 vernaculars.
Previous migrations from Sokoto, Nigeria; Maasina, Mali; Liptaako and Jelgooji, Burkina Faso; Adamawa and Gombe, Nigeria; and the Wodaabe lineage have settled in Sudan.
Northern Sudan, Dar Fur Province, Dar Masalit and Nyala District, scattered colonies in Dar Fongoro and to the south and east, and Gedaref region; Geneina, Mistere, and Habila Kajangise.
www.christusrex.org /www1/pater/ethno/Suda.html   (6636 words)

[QIM] 1,650 mother tongue speakers, 3,181 second language users, out of 172,327 in the ethnic group, 170,747 ethnic Western Agaw are monolingual in Amharic in Ethiopia (1998 census).
All Gurage languages including Soddo: 1,881,574 mother tongue speakers, 208,358 second language speakers, 2,290,274 in the ethnic group, 1,248,415 monolinguals (1998 census).
South of Lake Ciamo in the bend of the Sagan River.
ethiopianculture.org /language.html   (2831 words)

 Tarifit language resources   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
The principal spoken language of the region is Tarifit.
The Berber languages belong to the Chamitic branch of the Afro-Asiatic languages...
Among the Berber languages are Tarifit or Riffi (northern Morocco), Kabyle (Algeria) and Tashelhiyt (central Morocco).
mongabay.com /indigenous_ethnicities/languages/languages/Tarifit.html   (1118 words)

 washingtonpost.com: In Central Asia, a Revival of an Ancient Form of Rap
And they have been known to versify for hours at a time on subjects from the beauty of the universe to the pleasures of consuming a cup of tea.
Kyrgyz akyns play a three-string instrument called a komuz, which is made of apricot wood, while Kazaks have a two-string instrument to accompany their spontaneous rhyming.
Sung in the Kyrgyz or Kazak languages, it is almost impossible to catch the pithiness of the verses in translation.
www.washingtonpost.com /ac2/wp-dyn/A10646-2005Mar5?language=printer   (749 words)

 Mathieu's Update   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
English as a language is a far simpler to learn when compared to other important ones such as French, German, Russian, or Spanish.
Foreigners complaining about the difficulty of learning to read English more than other languages are really complaining about the spelling, or they learn to read and write in English, but are not sure how to speak it.
Languages such as German, Dutch, Spanish, Russian and Czech, have reformed their spelling systems in the last century, which resulted in much higher literacy rates.
mathieupadget.blogspot.com   (5669 words)

 Manas introduction
As time passed, the "primitive" plot as well as the archaic language of the epic went through many poetic transformations adapting to the new historical, socio-economic and religious developments of each century or decade.
The language of the SH is rich in proverbs and sayings, metaphors and parallelism, prayers and incantations that inform us of the ancient "shamanistic" worldview of the Mongol people.
Karalaev's language and vocabulary is very rich in such traditional expressions and metaphors, which infuse his recitation of the entire epic.
www.silkroadfoundation.org /folklore/manas/manasintro.html   (7154 words)

 Ruhlen: Classification and List of Languages of the World
Languages are given in capitalized lower-case letters, groups in all capitals.
Languages and groups preceded by + are extinct.
The number of languages in each group is shown as [extant+extinct] after the name of the group.
www.ling.hawaii.edu /faculty/stampe/Linguistics/Ruhlen/ruhlen.html   (4340 words)

 Suchen im Web, Bilder, Videos, Blog, Lexikon und mehr.
Map showing the distribution of African language families and some major African languages.
A striking - and nearly unique - characteristic of the Khoi-San languages is their use of click consonants.
Tonal languages are furthermore found in the Omotic, Chadic, and South and East Cushitic branches of Afro-Asiatic.
www.coder-world.de /cgi-bin/metaseek/lexikon.cgi?sprache=en&q=African_languages   (1812 words)

 Central Asia - China-related Topics CE-CH - China-Related Topics
The languages of the majority of the inhabitants of the former Soviet Central Asian Republics come from the Turkic languagesTurkic language group.
Kazakh languageKazakh, Kyrgyz languageKyrgyz and Tatar languageTatar are related languages of the KipchaksKypchak group of Turkic languages, and are spoken throughout Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, and into Afghanistan, Xinjiang and Qinghai.
Uzbek languageUzbek and Uighur languageUighur are spoken in Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Xinjiang.
www.famouschinese.com /virtual/Central_Asia   (2617 words)

 Pop Culture Press: Pop Culture Press Around the World
The are is populated by a number of different ethnic groups with different languages and religions, but whose nomadic ways over the centuries have resulted in great diversity in the region.
The CD, which comes with a bonus DVD including an informative documentary of the performers and their country, is rare opportunity to hear unfamiliar but fascinating traditional regional music direct from its source, not unlike the old field recordings of folk, bluegrass, and blues singers.
The most prominent instruments used are wooden and metal jew's harps and the komuz, which is a nylon-stringed instrument played like a guitar.
www.popculturepress.com /PCPATW_2006springroundup3.html   (1059 words)

Gule is spoken by the Hameg, a speech community belonging to the Fungi ethnic group.
The name 'Fungi' is a cover term used by all the peoples of the southern Blue Nile area to identify their languages to outsiders.
Amongst the around six elderly speakers of Gule in 1979, there was only one who had a good proficiency of the language.
portal.unesco.org /ci/en/ev.php-URL_ID=10325&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201.html   (261 words)

 Britannicaindia.com: Britannica Browse
a branch of the Nilo-Saharan language family formed by a group of related languages spoken in the border area that separates Ethiopia from The Sudan.
group of Bantu-speaking peoples related through language and culture and dwelling along the Atlantic coast of Africa from Pointe-Noire, Congo (Brazzaville), in the north, to...
a Bantu language of the Benue-Congo branch of the Niger-Congo language family.
www.britannicaindia.com /britannica_browse/k/k23.html   (1768 words)

 The Tajikistan Update - Cultural, Language, & Ethnicity
While many of the ethnic Russians have fled Tajikistan during the last decade the Russian language is still spoken by much of the native population.
Examples of the Pamir languages spoken in Tajikistan are: Shughni, Roshani, Vakhi, Iskhashimi, Sarikoli, Baratangi, Kufi, Yazgulemi, and Oroshori.
In addition there is a community that speaks Yaghnobi, a descendants of the ancient Sughdian language, as well as small population of Pashto and Arabic speakers.
www.angelfire.com /sd/tajikistanupdate/culture.html   (1885 words)

Most Kyrgyz people speak the Kyrgyz language, which is a distinct Turkic language with Mongol influences.
Although the Kyrgyz language is spoken in the home, most Kyrgyz also speak Russian, which is the language of business and commerce.
The three-stringed komuz is the favorite folk instrument among the Kyrgyz.
www.everyculture.com /wc/Japan-to-Mali/Kyrgyz.html   (2102 words)

 Central Asia in Words and Pictures
Judging by the high quality of these works, I can't wait to hear more from this interesting part of the world.
This is a group of Kyrgyz performers holding a three-stringed fretless instrument known as a komuz; this is the instrument that is most widely associated with the Kyrgyz people.
On the right, you'll see (barely) a timur komuz, or what many westerners call a jaw or jew's harp.
www.hauntedink.com /almaty/photos4a.html   (629 words)

 The Individualist: Nilo-Saharan languages   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
The Nilo-Saharan languages are a group of African languages spoken mainly in the upper parts of the Chari and Nile rivers, including Nubia.
The Ethnologue, following Anbessa Tefera and Peter Unseth, considers the Shabo language to be Nilo-Saharan, but otherwise unclassified.
Rub languagesRub languages (= Kuliak, Teuso) (Ik et al.)
www.dadamo.com /wiki/wiki.pl/Nilo-Saharan_languages   (465 words)

 Via Kabul Tour Brings Alive Rich Musical Heritage of Central Asia - US Department of State
Also part of the tour is Abduvali Abdurashidov, a Tajik musician and scholar who is reviving classical music from Samarkand and Bukhara, once multicultural centers where court musicians sang in Persian and Turkic languages while dancers swirled in flowing costumes.
Another Kyrgyz musician, Nurak Abdrakhmanov, played the stringed komuz as he mournfully sang of the death of Attila Khan.
Although feared in the West as Attila the Hun, whose military campaign led to the European Dark Ages, he is revered in much of Central Asia as a great warrior and founder of Turkic culture.
usinfo.state.gov /sa/Archive/2006/Mar/17-950133.html   (885 words)

 Mike's Oud Forums
Another term in Europe is lute (or luth, laute, laud etc in different languages).
Flin Flon is the short form or nickname of "Flintabbety Flonatin", the name of a character in a dime-store science fiction novel from 1905 or so, called "The Sunless City".
I thought the name might come from the natives, or some of the languages of the new immigrants.
www.mikeouds.com /messageboard/viewthread.php?tid=2472   (6346 words)

 Eye Weekly - The Silk Road trip - 05.16.02
Thanks to Levin and During, Edalat Nasibov, a saz player from Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan komuz master Samara Tokhtakunova and dombra virtuoso Aygul Ulkenbaeva from Kazakh are now nourishing spirits in the West with their stark, inspiring and melancholic sounds.
I found myself welcomed and was able to record music in tea-houses.
I didn't speak any of the local languages, but I found it easy to get to know people.
www.eye.net /eye/issue/issue_05.16.02/thebeat/sample.html   (708 words)

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