Spoken L1 Language: Kenuzi-Dongola

Comments on subclassification

Bechhaus-Gerst, Marianne 1996

AES status:
Campbell, Lyle and Lee, Nala Huiying and Okura, Eve and Simpson, Sean and Ueki, Kaori 2022
Kenuzi (7871-kzh) = Threatened (40 percent certain, based on the evidence available)

Retired in ISO 639-3: Split into Andaandi (Dongolawi) [dgl] and Kenzi (Mattoki) [xnz]

  • Change request: 2011-143
  • ISO 639-3: kzh
  • Name: Kenuzi-Dongola
  • Reason: split
  • Effective: 2012-02-03

Excerpt from change request document:

1- Both language communities claim different idntities, however all Nile Nubians, i.e Nobiin speakers, Dongolawi speakers and Kenzi speakers, claim inheriting the former Nubian identity, heritage and civilization.

2- The two languages are claimed, beside other dialects, as dialects of the Old Nubian language, but the difference between the two is to the level that, they can't be claimed or considered as one

3- There is medium intelligibility between the speakers of the two languages,

4- No common literature neither written nor traditional. Written texts in each language are availble separately.

5-No any written text claimed or known as Kenuzi-Dongola,

6-Native scholars from each group did and continue doing researches every in their own language, without any claims in the other language , i.e Kenzi scholars do researches in Kenzi/Kenuzi -Self name Mattokki, without mentioning Dongolawi. The Dongolawi scholars do researches in Dongolawi - Self name Andaandi, without mentioning Kenzi. This fact, also implies that the two are divergent to the level that, no native scholar claims them as one. Ultimately there is no language known by the name Kenuzi-Dongola among Kenzi natives as well as among Dongolawi natives.

7- Developing writing system for each language is progressing on its own, by native scholars of each

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