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LINGUIST List 24.1481

Tue Apr 02 2013

Books: Dialect in Swahili: Stigand

Editor for this issue: Rebekah McClure <rebekahlinguistlist.org>

Date: 01-Apr-2013
From: Joyce Reid <jreidcambridge.org>
Subject: Dialect in Swahili: Stigand
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Title: Dialect in Swahili
Subtitle: A Grammar of Dialectic Changes in the Kiswahili Language
Publication Year: 2013
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Book URL: http://www.cambridge.org/us/knowledge/isbn/item7169706/Dialect%20in%20Swahili/?site_locale=en_US

Author: C. H. Stigand
Introduction by: W. E. Taylor

Paperback: ISBN: 9781107652248 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 19.99
Paperback: ISBN: 9781107652248 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 29.99


Originally published in 1915, this book formed the first English monograph on
the Swahili dialects. Detailed information is presented on variations between
the many different dialects, together with an appendices section which
includes the poem 'The Inkishafi', in both Swahili and an English translation.
A significant aspect of the text is that it was written at a time when the
newer dialect of Zanzibar was rapidly supplanting numerous older dialects; it
can thus be seen as an important document of the Swahili language during a
period of change. This book will be of value to anyone with an interest in
Swahili and the development of linguistics.

Principal dialects of Kiswahili enumerated
Certain Swahili letters
Headings for dialectic changes
Zanzibar group
1. Kiunguja
2. Kimrima
3. Kimgao
4. Kihadimu and Kitumbatu
5. Kipemba
6. Kimvita
7. Kivumba
8. Kiamu
9. Kipate
10. Kishela
11. Kisiu
12. Kitikuu
13. The dialects of the Banadir coast
14. Kingazija;
15. Kingovi, Kinyume, Kialabi
Appendices: Example of Kingovi words in old poetry: the Innkishafi, n. version; The Inkishafi, s. recension; Observations on the texts, etc.
A translation

Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation

Subject Language(s): Swahili (swh)

Written In: English (eng)

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