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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
Written By: J. W. C. Kirk
Series Title: Cambridge Library Collection - Linguistics

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
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.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation
Subject Language(s): Somali
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781108013260
Pages: 236
Prices: U.K. £ 14.99
U.S. $ 22.99