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Title: Mà´dí English - English Mà´dí Dictionary
Written By: Mairi Blackings
Series Title: Languages of the World/Dictionaries 25

Mà´dí is a Central Sudanic language of the Nilo-Saharan phylum, which is
spoken in Uganda and South Sudan. This dictionary, composed by a native
linguist, is written using the suggested orthography for the language,
which encourages the distinction between the advanced and retracted tongue
root vowels and the marking of tones. Though the main entry is primarily in
the Lokayi dialect spoken in South Sudan, where applicable,
cross-references have been made across all the other main dialects of the

The core part of this second edition of the dictionary has about 7000
entries. For ease of transition to the suggested new orthography, each
entry begins with the old orthography (with no vowel quality distinction or
the marking of tones). This is followed by its representation in the new
orthography, the word class, and English glosses. Many entries also include
derived or inflected words, idioms, and example sentences. Where
appropriate, alternative pronunciations, dialectal variations and spellings
are provided. Loanwords are indicated, and a source language, where
possible is suggested. The borrowed lexicon of the language with loanwords
from Arabic (in the Sudan), English (Uganda and the Sudan), Swahili (mostly
in Uganda) and Italian (mostly religious register), indicates the
socio-cultural and political contacts of the Mà´dí people. Interesting
features of the language found in this dictionary include the use of the
apostrophe to represent the glottal stop when placed before a vowel and the
implosive when it precedes a consonant. The language also has a number of
secondarily and doubly articulated consonants. This dictionary should be a
useful tool for the native speaker both at home and in diaspora, the
comparative linguist or the relief worker among others.

Publication Year: 2011
Publisher: Lincom GmbH
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Language Documentation
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9783862880539
Pages: 252
Prices: Europe EURO 72.80