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Title: Review of M. Mous (2003) The Making of a Mixed Language: The case of Ma’a/Mbugu
Author: Steve Nicolle
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Institution: Africa International University
Linguistic Field: Language Documentation
Subject Language: Maa
Mbugu
Abstract: Ma’á/Mbugu is a Bantu language spoken in the Usambara area of North-East Tanzania. Two registers of the language are distinguished: Ma’á, or Inner Mbugu, and Normal Mbugu. Mous (2001a: 114) describes the two registers as “one language sharing one grammar,” which differ lexically.

'The Making of a Mixed Language' is an excellent account of an endangered language, but it is more than that. Because of the nature of its parallel lexicon, Ma’á/Mbugu provides a fascinating insight into one of the possible outcomes of language contact. Mous confidently draws on a wide range of Bantu and Cushitic data in his reconstruction of the linguistic history of Ma’á/Mbugu, and yet his discussion does not feel cluttered. The story that he tells is more nuanced than in his previous publications on Ma’á/Mbugu, and is well worth hearing.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed
Publication Info: Journal of African Languages and Linguistics 27: 99-105.


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