Bedawiyet

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A language of Sudan

Alternate Names
Bedauye, Bedawi, Bedawiye, Bedja, Beja, Tu-Bedawie
Autonym
Bedàwie, Tu Bdhaawi
Population

L1 users: 2,000,000 (2012 J. Leclerc). Total users in all countries: 3,239,000.

Location

Al Bahr al Ahmar state; Kassala, Nahr an Nil, and Al Qadarif states, southeast River Nile.

Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Hadendoa (Hadendiwa, Hadendowa), Hadareb (Hadaareb), Bisharin (Bisariab), Beni-Amir. Little vocabulary in common with other Cushitic languages, but a great deal of the verbal morphology is similar.

Typology

SOV; prefixes, postpositions, causatives, reciprocals, reflexives, subject; suffixes distinguish person, number, gender.

Language Use

All domains. All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use Sudanese Spoken Arabic [apd], Tigré [tig].

Language Development
Literature. Radio. Dictionary. Texts. Bible portions: 2008–2010.
Writing

Arabic script, Naskh variant [Arab]. Latin script [Latn], used since 1990s.

Other Comments

Beja is the Arabic name. Not related to Western Egyptian Bedawi Spoken Arabic (Bedawi) [ayl] or Eastern Egyptian Bedawi Spoken Arabic (Bedawi) [avl].

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