Arabic, Sudanese Spoken

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A language of Sudan

Alternate Names
Khartoum Arabic, Sudanese Arabic
Population

15,000,000 in Sudan (1991). Population now divided between Sudan and South Sudan. Population total all countries: 16,833,000. L2 users: Used as an L1 or L2 by over 29 million people in Sudan (2013 A. Persson).

Location

Widespread.

Language Status

3 (Wider communication). De facto national working language.Used as an L2 by all other language groups in Sudan.

Dialects

Ja’ali, Khartoum, North Kordofan Arabic, Shukri, Western Sudanese. Western Sudan Spoken Arabic and Khartoum Arabic dialects have little compatibility (Kaye 1988). A member of macrolanguage Arabic [ara].

Language Use

All domains except written. All ages. Positive attitudes. Used as L2 by Acheron [acz], Adamawa Fulfulde [fub], Afitti [aft], Aka [soh], Andaandi [dgl], Bedawiyet [bej], Dagik [dec], Dair [drb], Dar Fur Daju [daj], Dilling [dil], Domari [rmt], El Hugeirat [elh], Fur [fvr], Gaam [tbi], Gula [kcm], Heiban [hbn], Kanga [kcp], Karko [kko], Katcha-Kadugli-Miri [xtc], Keiga [kec], Koalib [kib], Krongo [kgo], Laro [lro], Logorik [liu], Lumun [lmd], Masalit [mls], Molo [zmo], Nobiin [fia], Otoro [otr], Shwai [shw], Tese [keg], Tulishi [tey], Yulu [yul], Zaghawa [zag].

Language Development
Radio programs. TV. Dictionary. NT: 1978.
Writing

Arabic script [Arab]. Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Written form rarely used; Standard Arabic [arb] used instead.

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