Family: Rashad

Classification

Comments on family membership

Rashad is held together lexically and pronominally Stevenson, Roland C. 1956/1957 :46-52 . The noun class system cannot be shown conclusively to be original as there as no secure traces of a loss. The alleged noun class form/meaning correspondences to other Kordofanian groups, namely Talodi (with Tegem) and Heibanic, 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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