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Language maintenance and shift in Sudan: the case of migrant ethnic groups in Khartoum

  • Abdel Rahim Hamid Mugaddam
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This article investigates the process of language maintenance and language shift among ethnic minority groups living in Khartoum, the capital state of Sudan. A 22-item questionnaire was used to collect data on language proficiency, language use, and language attitude. The results show that a considerable number of younger-generation migrants have adopted Arabic as their primary language. Arabic was also used predominantly in most domains of communication. Although most respondents showed a positive attitude to their ethnic languages, they actually did not make any efforts to maintain them.

Published Online: 2006-09-13
Published in Print: 2006-09-01

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