Conference of Nicolas QUINT : 9 and 10 January
1/ An introduction to the question of linguistic diversity in South Sudan and the Nuba Mountains (01/09/13)
South Sudan and the Nuba Mountains are home to cca. 150 languages, most of which belong to two African macrophyla (or super-families), i.e. Nilo-Saharan (which includes languages such as Dinka, Nuer etc.) and Niger-Congo (e.g. Koalib, Zande etc.). Mention must also be made of Juba Arabic, a Creole language widely spoken in Juba, the capital of South Sudan.
In this lecture, Mr. Quint will give an introduction to the question of language diversity in the afore-mentioned areas. First, he will discuss the classification of those languages - many of which are still poorly studied - then he will deal with the social aspect of the language question and give some clues about their possible use in schools or other formal settings.
2/ Cultural history of the Nuba Mountains (and surrounding areas) (1/10/13).
In this lecture, Mr. Quint will discuss briefly what we know about the peopling and the political history (kingdom of Tegali…) of the Nuba Mountains. He will also show what the languages spoken there tell us about the influence exerted on the Nubas (and some South Sudan people) by the diverse cultures (Meroe people, Nubians, Arabs, English) with which they came into contact.