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Introductory Sketch of the Bantu Languages [PDF]

by Alice Werner
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1919 edition. Excerpt: ... mwivhu, but the sound—see p. 7 of his Grammar—is clearly that of ' bilabial v.' 8 We should have expected kumbadi hwa menxhi, mbadi 9 being placed in CI. 17 by prefixing the locative ku, but see Smith, p. 223. Mbadi is not given in the vocabulary as a. noun, but cf. Nyanja mbali 9 ' edge, side, rim;' no doubt the same word used in Swahili as an adverb ' far, ' etc. 10 tia ' be afraid ' (cf. Swahili tisha 'frighten '—probably a causative of the verb usually written cha ' fear '), and so 'run away ': tiana reciprocal, but apparently with the meaning 'run against' (or, ' in competition with') and not 'run away from' each other. 11 Present Subjunctive, used in place of Imperative. u Nguni, interrogative (Smith, p. 101), lit.: 'it is who?' A relative is understood after it, or rather, it is an example of a construction very common in the Bantu languages, even where relative pronouns exist: the demonstrative, or even the ordinary personal pronoun are often preferred, as though it were less trouble to make a fresh assertion than to link up the clause with the preceding one. 13 Second. Future (Smith, p. 157)—probably distinguished from the Preterite by tone.—languna, evidently a derived form of tanga 'begin, ' but the force of the termination is not very clear: it can scarcely be reversive (Smith, p. 130). 14 Dimwi ' another' (agreeing with izuba 5 'day, ' or some similar noun, understood), and preceded by the instrumental preposition 0 (Smith, p. 224), so meaning ' again.' 15 Same tense as in line 4—see above, note 7. 16 Obashanasulwc, a kind of collective pl., including the person named and those with him—see above, p. 48, and Smith, p. 18. This, or a similar idiom seems to be universal in Bantu—e.g. Sumbwa: nge Bandega, ' ce sont des
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1. Persia Emily | 14.07.2016 17:33

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Thank you! Great book!

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