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A tonal grammar of Kwanyama by Riikka Halme

By Riikka Halme

Kwanyama ('Oshikwanyama' in accordance with the legit Namibian average) is a Wambo language, and correspondingly belongs to the Bantu languages. it truly is spoken by means of way over part 1000000 humans in South Angola and Namibia.
Certainly this quantity comprises the audio system of different closely-related Wambo forms in Angola. those languages were studied rather little, and the research in their tonal structures has been relatively overlooked. the current publication is the 1st comic strip of Kwanyama grammar with a scientific account on tone. the most target is to supply an research of the tonal procedure of this language. for that reason the research discusses either the lexical tone, i.e. tone as an inherent estate of a lexeme, and the grammatical tone wich marks grammatical houses. the writer lived in a Kwanyama-speaking neighborhood in Angola for approximately part a yr and had the chance there to enhance her linguistic competence. As a researcher she retains to the culture of Generative Phonology within the feel that there are ideas that take the tone styles from the underlying illustration to a binary floor illustration, i.e. tonemes. so that it will aid the reader to stick with the argumentation of the tonal research, this e-book is organised in any such means that the segmental and tonal degrees are mentioned individually, by means of discussions on tone in nouns, verbs and minor be aware different types. After that, the research is said to the broader context of analysis on Guthrie's crew R languages, particularly the Wambo languages. ultimately, the reader unearths nominal and verbal paradigms in addition to a few texts, and a vocabulary Kwanyama-Englisch containing approximately 6,000 entries.

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