Swahili and Sabaki: A Linguistic History

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Univ of California Press, 1993 - History - 780 pages
The Sabaki languages form a major Bantu subgroup and are spoken by 35 million East Africans in Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, and the Comoro Islands. The authors provide a historical/comparative treatment of Swahili (and other Sabaki languages), an account of the relationship of Swahili to Sabaki and to other Bantu languages, and some data on contemporary Sabaki languages. Data sets, appendices, maps, and figures present essential information on phonology, lexical makeup, and tense/aspect morphology. The final chapter is a synthesis describing the linguistic and historical relationship of the Sabaki dialects to each other and to hypothetical proto-stages.
 

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Contents

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A Comparative Historical Phonology of Sabaki
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198
Addendum to Chapter
248
Lexis
266
Qualitative evidence for NEC Sabaki and Sabaki languages
285
An overview from PNEC to the present
450
Synthesis
461
MacroSwahili
501
Phonemic Systems
567
ProtoSabaki Lexis
577
Doubtful PSA Lexical Reconstructions
656
100Word Lists for Sabaki Languages
673
Outline of Selected Sabaki Verb Systems
692

Historical Lexical Development of Sabaki Languages
304
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Morphology Sabaki Nominal and Verbal Systems
334
Archaeological Correlates for the East African Coast
724
Index
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