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Title:A study of Beja place-names
Author:Bechhaus-Gerst, MarianneISNI
Periodical:Afrikanistische Arbeitspapiere: Schriftenreihe des Kölner Instituts für Afrikanistik
Geographic term:Sudan
place names
Abstract:Beja is de Arabic name for the people(s) who occupy the area between southern Egypt in the north and Eritrea in the south, the Nile in the west and the Red Sea in the east. Up to this day next to nothing is known about the many ways in which the Beja conceptualize(d) their world, which as a central component includes the natural environment and the space or landscape they passed through as nomads on the move. Place names constitute an integral part of the conceptualization of the landscape. This study is based on a list of Beja toponyms, compiled by C.H. Thomson during his stay in the Sudan as a civil servant between 1914 and 1934. The present author first analyses the syntactic and semantic patterns of these place names relying, amongst others, on her own material collected during field research in 1984. Next, she presents Thomson's list of 165 toponyms, including a transcription of Thomson's handwritten names, followed by her own analysis and Thomson's translation. Bibliogr.