Swahili and Sabaki: a linguistic history
University of California Press, 1993 - Foreign Language Study - 780 pages
The Sabaki languages form a major Bantu subgroup and are spoken by 35 million East Africans in Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, and the Comoro Islands. The authors provide a historical/comparative treatment of Swahili (and other Sabaki languages), an account of the relationship of Swahili to Sabaki and to other Bantu languages, and some data on contemporary Sabaki languages. Data sets, appendices, maps, and figures present essential information on phonology, lexical makeup, and tense/aspect morphology. The final chapter is a synthesis describing the linguistic and historical relationship of the Sabaki dialects to each other and to hypothetical proto-stages.
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A Comparative Historical Phonology of Sabaki
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adjacent affricate African Am,Ung Arabic attested Bantu languages Barawa borrowed century Chap Chart Chifundi Chonyi Class coast communities Comorian consonant Cushitic Dahalo deleted derive Digo Duruma East Africa eastern Bantu Elwana evidence forms fricatives g-loss Giryama Hinnebusch inherited innovations Kenya lenition lexical lexicostatistical lexis linguistic loan Lower Pokomo Luguru Makunduchi Maore Mijikenda Mohlig Mombasa morphemes morphological Mtang'ata Mv.Ung Mvita Mwani Mwiini nasal NEC languages negative Ngazija nonpast northern nouns Nurse Nzuani occurs older p-lenition palatal Pare past Pate Pemba phonological PNEC post-PSA prefix proto recent reconstructed reflexes relative Ruvu Sabaki dialects Sabaki languages Segeju semantic Seuta Shambala shared shift Southern Mijikenda speakers Stage Standard Swahili stems subgrouping suffix suggests Swahili dialects Tanzania Tikuu Unguja Upper Pokomo V-stems verb voiceless vowel Vumba xxxx Zanzibar Zigula