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A small group of related languages spoken in Sudan and forming a branch of the Niger-Congo language family.
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(Languages) a group of languages spoken in the Kordofan and Nuba Hills of the S Sudan: classed as an independent family, probably distantly related to Niger-Congo
1. (Languages) denoting, relating to, or belonging to this group of languages
2. (Placename) of or relating to Kordofan
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(ˌkɔr dəˈfæn i ən)

a family of languages spoken in the Nuba Hills of S Kordofan province in the Sudan.
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Noun1.Kordofanian - a group of languages spoken in the relatively small Kordofan area of the south Sudan
Niger-Kordofanian, Niger-Kordofanian language - the family of languages that includes most of the languages spoken in Africa south of the Sahara; the majority of them are tonal languages but there are important exceptions (e.g., Swahili or Fula)
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the case of Kordofanian and Blue Nile territories in Sudan).
(3) According to Greenberg (1963), Tima belongs to the Kordofanian branch of Niger-Congo, but Dimmendaal (2011: 252) questions the genetic unity of this proposed grouping.
It may not just be enough to claim that some African languages belong to the Kordofanian family.