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LINGUIST List 21.3331

Wed Aug 18 2010

Books: Language Documentation/Syntax: Kirk

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        1.    Daniel Davies, A Grammar of the Somali Language: Kirk

Message 1: A Grammar of the Somali Language: Kirk
Date: 11-Aug-2010
From: Daniel Davies <ddaviescambridge.org>
Subject: A Grammar of the Somali Language: Kirk
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Title: A Grammar of the Somali Language
Subtitle: With Examples in Prose and Verse, and an Account of the Yibir and Midgan Dialects
Series Title: Cambridge Library Collection - Linguistics
Published: 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
                http://us.cambridge.org

Book URL: http://www.cambridge.org/catalogue/catalogue.asp?isbn=9781108013260

Author: J. W. C. Kirk
Paperback: ISBN: 9781108013260 Pages: 236 Price: U.K. £ 14.99
Abstract:

Somali is one of the Cushitic family of languages spoken in the horn of Africa
and the official language of Somalia. This practical grammar, published in
1905, was prepared by J. W. C. Kirk, who first learnt to speak the language
during his service with Somali troops during the British Empire's failed
attempt in 1902-1904 to wrest control of the region from the Dervish state
under Muhammad Abdullah Hassan. His unique knowledge of the interior of
the country and the different tribes making up the population meant that Kirk's
insights were invaluable in advancing scholarly knowledge in the West.
Perhaps as importantly, Kirk also records a number of literary examples with
his translations of Somali stories and songs. Another appendix explores the
dialects of the Midgan (or Madhiban) and Yibir, both minority tribes who kept
their languages secret from mainstream Somali society.

Contents

Preface;
Part I. Orthography;
Part II. Accidence;
Part III. Syntax of Simple Sentences;
Part IV. Syntax of Compound Sentences;
Examples of prose and verse;
The dialects of the outcast tribes, Midgan and Yibir;
Index.


Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation
                            Syntax

Subject Language(s): Somali (som)

Written In: English (eng )

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