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Title:Documentary Evidence on the Haraza Nubian Language
Author:Bell, Herman
Periodical:Sudan Notes and Records
Geographic term:Sudan
Subjects:Nubian languages
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Abstract:A brief word list (36 words) provided by a learned resident of the Jabal al-Haraza region in the northern Kordofan, 'Abd al-Hadi al-Faqih Ahmad, to Douglas Newbold in 1923, represents the fullest known evidence on the represents the fullest known evidence on the - now extinct - Haraza Nubian language. Newbold published a transliteration of the word list in roman characters, but did not publish the original Arabic text. In 1970 'Abd al-Hadi's letter was found among Newbold's papers (see Herman Bell, 'An Extinct Nubian Language in Kordofan', in Sudan Notes & Records, 54 (1973), p. 73-80. The present study is devoted to the 36 words of Haraza Nubian which 'Abd al-Hadi recorded in Arabic characters. By analyzing the internal evidence of his spelling, an effort is made to determine the most likely pronunciation of each word. Comparative evidence from other Nubian languages is explored for further clues to the original pronunciation. Newbold's published analysis of the word list is examined critically. Notes, fig.