A language of Egypt

Alternate Names
Kenuz, Kenuzi, Kenzi, Kunuz, Kunuz Nubian, Kunuzi, Mattokki

50,000 (2014), decreasing.


Aswan governorate: Lake Nasser northern tip, and near Kom Ombo, 50 km north of Aswan city; Al Wadi al Jadid governorate: scattered in various cities.

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Language Status

7 (Shifting).


None known. Reportedly similar to Andaandi [dgl].

Language Use

Speaker population has declined since their resettlement from their homeland to the Kom Ombo area in 1963–1964. Many are now monolingual in Egyptian [arz] or Sa’idi Arabic [aec]. The shift to Arabic is expected to continue in cities and villages. Most also use Egyptian Spoken Arabic [arz]. Most also use Sa’idi Spoken Arabic [aec].

Language Development
Bible portions: 1912.

Arabic script [Arab]. Coptic script [Copt], Old Nubian variant. Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Ethnonym: Kunuz or Kunuz Nubian. Muslim.