Nilotic languages

The Nilotic languages ​​are a language family that is associated with the ostsudanischen branch within the Nilo-Saharan languages.

The speakers of Nilotic languages ​​, about 7.5 million people, are called Nilotic and live in Kenya (3.2 million), Uganda (1.8 million), Sudan (1.8 million), Tanzania ( 300,000 ), the DR Congo (100,000), Ethiopia and Eritrea.

The Nilotic languages ​​are among those languages ​​within the ostsudanischen branch forming the pronoun of the first person singular with an element n, eg nanʊ ( Maa ).

They can be broken down as follows (after Franz Rottland ):

  • Westnilotisch: Burun
  • Nuer - Dinka
  • Luo languages
  • Bari
  • Lotuxo -Maa
  • Teso - Turkana
  • Kalendschin languages
  • Omotik
  • Datooga