Peace Corps - Manual of Kanuri

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US Peace Corps Kanuri  - Image COURSE OVERVIEW
The Peace Corps materials for learning Kanuri are designed for the language training of Peace Corps volunteers. They include lessons organized around ten themes: introductions (others, family, greetings and condolences); expressing one's needs; shopping; the tailor; meals; giving and getting directions; travel; daily activities; and gardening. Lessons include lists of vocabulary and expressions to be learned, grammar notes, additional useful expressions, exercises, and in some cases, cultural notes.

Cameroon: 1962-present
Niger: 1962-2011; Currently Inactive
Chad: 1966-1979, 1987-1990, 1990-1998, 2003-2006; Currently Inactive

Cameroon: Education, Environment, Agriculture, Health, Business, Information Technology
Niger: Currently Inactive
Chad: Currently Inactive

Kanuri is a dialect continuum spoken by some four million people, as of 1987, in Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon, as well as small minorities in southern Libya and by a diaspora in Sudan. It belongs to the Western Saharan subphylum of Nilo-Saharan. Kanuri is the language associated with the Kanem and Bornu empires which dominated the Lake Chad region for a thousand years. The basic word order of Kanuri sentences is subject->object-> verb.

It is typo-logically unusual in simultaneously having post-positions and post-nominal modifiers for example, "Bintu's pot" would be expressed as nje Bintu-be, "pot Bintu-of". Kanuri has three tones: high, low, and falling. It has an extensive system of consonant weakening (for example, sa- "they" + -buna "have eaten" > za-wuna "they have eaten". Traditionally a local lingua franca, its usage has declined in recent decades. Most first-language speakers speak Hausa or Arabic as a second language.

Kanuri is spoken in: Niger, Cameroon, Chad

Kanuri is also called: Bla Bla, Kanouri, Kanoury, Bilma

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