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2017 | 51 | 5-22
Article title

The origins of Kushi in oral narratives

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Abstracts
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The Kushi are a relatively small Chadic-speaking group settled in north-eastern Nigeria. Reconstructing the migratory movements that brought the Kushi to their present area is a daunting task. Oral history is one of the most valuable tools we can turn to in order to understand the origins of Kushi as well as the several ethnic and linguistic components that con-tributed to the merging of the present-day community. A critical reading of the historical events as narrated by a Kushi speaker will show that Kushi is the result of a series of migrations undertaken by different groups over a certain peri-od of time, thus contrasting with the default narrative of an indivisible and linear migration coming from east. Apart from its historical significance, the text – supplied with interlinear analysis – is intended to contribute to the documentation and description of the Kushi language
Year
Issue
51
Pages
5-22
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Dates
published
2017-12-11
Contributors
  • Università degli Studi di Napoli‘L’Orientale’
References
  • Adelberger, J., Brunk, K., and Kleinewillinghöfer, U., 1993, “Natural environment and settlement in Chonge distict, eastern Muri mountains, northeastern Nigeria. An interdisciplinary case study”, [in:] Günter, Nagel (ed.), Berichte des Sonderforschungsbereichs 268, vol. 2, Frankfurt/Main: Goethe University, pp. 13-42.
  • Dinslage, S. and Leger, R. 1996, “Language and migration. The impact of the Jukun on Chadic speaking groups in the Benue-Gongola basin”, Berichte des Sonderforschungsbereichs 268, vol. 8, Frankfurt/Main: Goethe University, pp. 67-75.
  • Leger, R., 1993, “A Kushi war song”, Annals of Borno, 8/9, pp. 234-238.
  • Newman, P., 1990, Nominal and verbal plurality in Chadic, Dor-drecht: Foris Publications.
  • Simons, G. F. and Fennig, C.D. (eds.), 2017, Ethnologue: Languages of the World, Twentieth edition. Dallas, Texas: SIL International.
Document Type
Publication order reference
Identifiers
ISSN
0860-4649
YADDA identifier
bwmeta1.element.desklight-7b9f6482-5821-4bb3-8224-5868ebae8a39
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