Share this entry

Share this page

Nilo-Saharan

Syllabification: Ni·lo-Sa·har·an
Pronunciation: /ˌnīlōsəˈharən, -ˈhär-
 
/

Definition of Nilo-Saharan in English:

adjective

Denoting or belonging to a phylum of languages that includes the Nilotic family together with certain other languages of northern and eastern Africa.
Example sentences
  • The Nilo-Saharan super language family accounts for about 2 percent of the population, and these languages are spoken near the Sudanese border.
  • There are a few small linguistic minorities, of which the largest is the Nubians, who speak two Nubian languages (Kenuz and Mahas) related to the Nilo-Saharan languages of the Sudan.
  • A number of Nilo-Saharan languages became endangered in the 20th century because their speakers adopted other, more prestigious and more widely used languages such as Arabic and Swahili.

noun

Back to top  
The Nilo-Saharan phylum of languages.
Example sentences
  • His objective is to promote, wherever possible, standardization of orthographies across Nilo-Saharan.
  • There are more than 100 languages spoken in Chad, virtually all belonging to two great languages families: Nilo-Saharan and Afro-Asiatic.
  • As seen in the hyphenated name (compare map at right), Nilo-Saharan is primarily a family of the African interior, including the greater Nile basin and its tributaries as well as the central Sahara desert.

Definition of Nilo-Saharan in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day odium
Pronunciation: ˈəʊdɪəm
noun
widespread hatred or disgust for someone…