Piööcku Thuɔŋjäŋ: Let's Learn Dinka

"Sadly, we tend to disrespect our dead heroes, and worship our living traitors" –Acuil Deng.

Modern Developments in the Dinka Language

Food for Thought!

This well researched article by Ms Helena Fatima Idris (2004) , a research thesis for her doctorate from the Department of Oriental and African Languages, Goteborg University, Sweden, contains a great deal of information about the Dinka people as well as the recent development in the Dinka Language (Thuɔŋjäŋ). Her introduction, for those already familiar with Job Malou’s Dinka Book, Dinka Vowels System, provide more insight into the composition of the Dinka people.

1. Modern Developments in Dinka Language (PDF)

2. Orthographic Reform in Dinka (PDF)

In the pages of my yet-to-be published Dinka book, The Dinka People of South Sudan, I have done more intensive and extensive research on the Dinka people. Though I have succeeded to get enough information on almost all the major five subdivisions of Muɔnyjäŋ/Jiëëŋ, I have not been successful enough to get adequate information about the division and structure of the Rek Dinka, one of the five braches of the Dinka People.

Please comment on this topic, it is very crucial that we the Dinkas, rather than the FatimaS, the JohnS, the MohammedS, the ObamaS  etc of the world, should be the one researching, writing, reading and talking in and about the Dinka Language.

I am interested to know your take on Ms Fatima,s assertion that Thuɔŋjäŋ has a number of “official” loanwords from other languages, namely English, Arabic etc. Supply relevant links too.

Enjoys!!

Piööcku Thuɔŋjäŋ.

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