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Southern Nilotic
Geographic
distribution:
western Kenya, eastern Uganda, northern Tanzania
Genetic
classification
:
Nilo-Saharan
 Eastern Sudanic
  Nilotic
   Southern Nilotic
Subdivisions:
Omotic-Datooga

The Southern Nilotic languages are spoken mainly in western Kenya and northern Tanzania (with one of them, Kupsabiny or Sapiny, being spoken on the Ugandan side of Mount Elgon). They are generally divided into two groups, Kalenjin and Omotik-Datooga, although there is some uncertainty as to the internal coherence of the Kalenjin branch. Southern Nilotic languages appear to have been influenced considerably by Cushitic (Afro-Asiatic) languages.

References

  • Rottland, Franz (1982) Die Südnilotischen Sprachen: Beschreibung, Vergleichung und Rekonstruktion (Kölner Beiträge zur Afrikanistik vol. 7). Berlin: Dietrich Reimer.

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