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  1. paul, The Making of a Mixed Language: Mous

Message 1: The Making of a Mixed Language: Mous

Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2004 16:10:08 -0500 (EST)
From: paul <>
Subject: The Making of a Mixed Language: Mous

Title: The Making of a Mixed Language
Subtitle: The case of Ma'a/Mbugu
Series Title: Creole Language Library 26
Publication Year: 2004
Publisher:	John Benjamins		 
Book URL: 

Author: Maarten Mous, Leiden University 

Hardback: ISBN: 1588114899, Pages: xx, 322 pp., Price: USD 156.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9027252483, Pages: xx, 322 pp., Price: EUR 130.00


The Mbugu (or Ma'�) language (Tanzania) is one of the few genuine
mixed languages, reputedly combining Bantu grammar with Cushitic
vocabulary. In fact the people speak two languages: one mixed and one
closely related to the Bantu language Pare. This book is the first
comprehensive description of these languages. It shows that these two
languages share one grammar while their lexicon is parallel. In the
distant past the people shifted from a Cushitic to a Bantu language
and in the process rebuilt a language of their own that expresses
their separate ethnic identity in a Bantu environment. This linguistic
history is explained in the context of the intricate history of the
people. The discussion of the processes that were involved in the
formation of Ma'a/Mbugu is extremely relevant for both creole studies
and for contact linguistics in general.

Table of contents

List of Tables xi 
List of Figures xiii 
Acknowledgements xv 
List of Abbreviations xvi 
Map 1 of the relevant area of East Africa xviii 
Map 2 of the Usambara area xix 
1. Introduction 1-15 
2. Historical and geographical background 17-50 
3. Linguistic history 51-93 
4. Phonology 95-110 
5. The verb 111-162 
6. The noun 163-174 
7. Adjectives and other nominal modifiers 175-182 
8. Invariables or other words 183-196 
9. Notes on syntax, code-switching and texts 197-213 
Notes 215-220 
References 221-229 
Appendix: Mbugu - English etymological lexicon 231-298 
English index to the lexicon 299-318 
Index 319-322

Lingfield(s):	Language Contact (Sociolinguistics) 

Written In:	English (Language Code: ENG)

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