In issuing this Handbook I cherish the hope it may lead many to study the
language and not to use Kitchen Kaffir. Kitchen Kaffir is a hodge podge of
many dialects, without grammatical structure and very limited as to
vocabulary. It is largely used by Europeans throughout South Africa, and it is
a proof of the inteligence of the native people that they frequently understand
what in reality is the most arrant nonsense.
The Ila language, a Bantu language, is spoken by the Baila, or, as they are
commonly called, the Mashukulumbwe, a people living in North-West
Rhodesia on either side of the middle Kafue. They number about 25,000. The
grammar offers chapters on phonology, nominal and verbal morphology, and
several chapters on syntax. It concludes with a 230 pages vocabulary
English-Ila and Ila-English (Re-edition; originally published 1907 in London;
written in English).