Grammar of Literary Swahili

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E. Mellen Press, Jan 1, 1999 - Foreign Language Study - 121 pages
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Besides containing a condensed grammar of literary Swahili, this work also elucidates Islamic literature. After introducing the historical context of the traditional literary Swahfii language and the origin of its poetry, the author (no background given) briefly waxes philosophical on how the deep structure ora language affects its literature before pursuing the specifics of: various parts of speech, the relative, the adoption of Arabic nouns into the Swahili class system, the numeral, and spelling variations and common intejections in Swahlli poetry. Lists some editions of long Swahili poems and prose texts, presumably as references. Lacks an index.

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Andrew Rippin is professor of religious studies at the University of Calgary. Jan Knappert was senior fellow in the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. John R. Hinnells is professor of comparative religion in the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. He is the author of "Handbook of Living Religions" and editor of the "Penguin Dictionary of Religions,"

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