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About 25,000 (Ki-)Nubi speakers live scattered throughout the towns of Uganda and Kenya. Nubi is essentially a spoken language. Written literature hardly exists. Nubi, used as a lingua franca in the West Nile district in northern Uganda, has often been called an Arabic creole. (Creole Arabic).

The Nubi language most likely originated in the southern Sudan. Owens (1996) suggests that before 1820 a pidgin Arabic was already in use in sub-Saharan Africa, also called the Sudan. The eve…

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Ineke Wellens, “Ki-Nubi”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 15 August 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_vol2_0075>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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