LINGUIST List 31.3767

Mon Dec 07 2020

Books: Chinyanja of Tanzania: Ngonyani

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Date: 02-Dec-2020
From: Ulrich Lueders <>
Subject: Chinyanja of Tanzania: Ngonyani
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Title: Chinyanja of Tanzania
Subtitle: A Grammatical Sketch
Series Title: Languages of the World/Materials 514
Published: 2020
Publisher: Lincom GmbH

Book URL:

Author: Deo S. Ngonyani
Paperback: ISBN: 9783969390320 Pages: 96 Price: Europe EURO 58.80

This grammatical sketch describes Chinyanja of Tanzania, a Bantu language (N201) spoken on the eastern shores of Lake Nyasa (also known as Lake Malawi) on the Tanzania-Mozambique border. This previously undescribed language belongs to a cluster of languages that includes Mang’anja and Chewa languages spoken in Mozambique and Malawi.

After introducing the language, the sketch discusses its affiliation. One chapter presents its phonology, and another covers the rich morphology of nouns, pronouns, and other nominal modifiers, as well as verbs. The syntax chapter describes grammatical relations, transitivity types, sentence types, and the structure of complex sentences. Included also is a description of discourse features in syntax. A narrative is provided as a sample text in the appendix.

Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation

Subject Language(s): Nyanja (nya)

Written In: English (eng)

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