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Title: A Dictionary of the Suahili Language
Subtitle: With Introduction Containing an Outline of a Suahili Grammar
Edited By: Johan Ludwig Krapf

Johan Ludwig Krapf (1810–81), a German-born member of the Church
Missionary Society in East Africa, is regarded as the founder of Swahili studies
in Europe. Having pursued an interest in Oriental culture from an early age, he
first went to Abyssinia (Ethiopia) as a missionary. During his travels in Africa,
he became the first European to see Mount Kenya; but he also considered the
potential of Swahili as a lingua franca. Krapf published the first printed text in
Swahili, and the first systematic Swahili grammar, as well as being the first to
bring Swahili manuscripts to Europe. Another in a series of firsts is this lexicon,
which was published posthumously in 1882. The Swahili dictionary, pioneering
as it was in its day, is still of historical interest, especially because it contains
notes on Swahili culture and customs, as well as an outline of the language's

Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Subject Language(s): Swahili
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781108047036
Prices: U.K. £ 23.99
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