Grammar and Dictionary of the Buluba-Lulua Language as Spoken in the Upper Kasai and Congo Basin

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American Tract Society, 1906 - English language - 417 pages
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Page v - Africa, extending, roughly speaking, from the junction of the Lulua and Kasai rivers in a general southeasterly direction into Garenganze, where the language is called Ciluba.
Page 399 - I o 9 5 I rather interesting. Toka means "to be or become white, be light in color, or light from moon or fire, shine, give light, be pure, be spotless, be unspotted." [Morrison]. The reduplication is probably emphatic. TOOTH CHIPPING. Knocking out, pointing, and otherwise modifying the teeth is common among Congo peoples. It is not the rule among the Bakongo of the lower Congo River although there are towns and regions even there where it occurs. In the higher Congo...
Page 128 - One of them is made up of an independent clause and one or more dependent clauses...
Page v - Hottentot-Bushmen in the extreme south being the only exception. These Bantu languages are radically different from the distinctly negro dialects of the peoples bordering them on the north. While the different Bantu dialects have much in common so far as some of the general characteristics are concerned, yet there are many degrees of difference. Some are perhaps as widely apart as...
Page v - It would be useless to attempt to estimate the number of people...
Page 3 - To produce this sound, as in the word luhehele, place the lips as preparing to whistle, not protruding them too much, and being careful not to press the lower lip up against the teeth, then expel the breath, uttering the sound. allowing the lips to fall apart.
Page 66 - As a general rule, which will cover the majority of cases, we may say that when the subject of the first verb is also the subject of the second, the...
Page vi - In this book no effort has been made to separate the words of the two peoples, for they are so intimately intermingled that this would at present be hopeless, confusing and unprofitable.
Page 102 - Bantu languages is the grammatical process called agglutination by which nouns may be formed from verbs. There are several kinds of these derived nouns, such as nouns of agent, nouns of place or manner, abstract concepts, and even words denoting ineptitude or incongruity.
Page 138 - I think that object to be a man," or "I thought him to be her." But it will be followed by the nominative case, when the subject of the infinitive is in the nominative case ; that is, when the subject of the infinitive is also the subject of the finite verb, as in the sentence •• It seems to be a man.

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