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Title:Loan-Words in Kirundi: A Preliminary Study
Author:Niyonkuru, Lothaire
Periodical:African Study Monographs
Geographic term:Burundi
Rundi language
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
External link:https://jambo.africa.kyoto-u.ac.jp/kiroku/asm_normal/abstracts/pdf/ASM%20%20Vol.7%201987/Lothaire%20NIYONKURU.pdf
Abstract:Kirundi is a Bantu language, spoken by around four million people in Burundi. This paper examines the social and historical factors which influenced and shaped the Kirundi language. The first part sketches the ethnic composition and sociolinguistic situation of Burundi. The second part is a review of the historical context - mainly nineteenth and twentieth century - in which the Kirundi-speaking population came into contact with the African, Asian and European linguistic communities. It discusses the impact on Kirundi vocabulary of such phenomena as regional trade, migrations, colonial rule, and civil war. Abstr., bibliogr.