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.
Preface Introduction Principal dialects of Kiswahili enumerated Certain Swahili letters Headings for dialectic changes Zanzibar group Dialects: 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
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