I read somewhere that the name of the river Niger, which gave its name to the 2 nations, although apparently from the Latin word for black, since black people lived there, similar to the name Sudan from the Arabic word meaning ‘black peoples’, the name Niger is really derived from a phrase in the Berber language Tamashek of the Touareg, native to the upper Niger River. Something about flowing water, IIRC. I really wish I knew Berber. There’s practically no school that teaches it, let alone finding good study materials on it. I’m Sicilian, so I undoubtedly have Berber ancestors from North Africa. Sicilians are African-Americans in a sense, you know. Spike Lee proved that to John Turturro in Do the Right Thing. Dennis Hopper was murdered by Christopher Walken in a sudden fit of rage in True Romance for saying the same thing. Dice che i siciliani erano generati da neri. Ha ha. BANG! BANG!
Where’s the Moroccan gentleman who used to post here? Haven’t seen him around since it went pay. Maybe he could help out with some Berber vocabulary.
I’ll tell you what’s confusing. The adjectival form, what you call people from that country. Nigerian was already taken. What’s left? People from Niger are called Nigérien, essentially the exact same word, only in French. Mais hélas, one despairs of ever getting Yanks to pronounce the French uvular r, let alone the final nasalized vowel. Faute de mieux, I imagine its pronunciation would be adapted to be American Anglophones’ phonemic capabilities, while still being able to be told apart from “Nigerian.” Nee-zhair-i@n as opposed to Nai-jeer-i@n. N’est-ce pas?