Language: Lafofa

Classification

Comments on family membership

Tegem systematically stands out from Narrow Talodi lexically, pronominally, in the noun class system and alleged sound correspondences are often irregular. The alleged noun class form/meaning correspondences to other Kordofanian groups, namely Rashad and Heiban, in Schadeberg, Thilo 1989 , Schadeberg, Thilo 1981 are not convincing as conclusively genetic; As to form, there is much eclectic selection as well as irregular correspondences, and as to meaning, the methodology of finding non-cognate shared class items is highly dubious. Chance resemblance has not been excluded. The lexical evidence for a Kordofanian unity is weak in the extreme Blench, Roger M. 2006 . It follows that the arguments presented for a Niger-Congo affiliation are not compelling either.

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