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Title:Kingwana as a marker of ethnicity among the 'Bangwana'
Author:Lukusa, Stephen Tchidiessa MulamiISNI
Year:1996
Periodical:Kiswahili (ISSN 0856-048X)
Volume:59
Pages:36-52
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Congo (Democratic Republic of)
Central Africa
Subjects:Ngwana
Swahili language
language
Kingwana language
dialects
ethnicity
Language and languages
Abstract:Ngwana, or Kingwana, a dialect of Swahili spoken in Zaire, is one of the means of distinguishing Ngwana ethnic belongingness under circumstances which could be expected to have led to amalgamation or absorption. The author describes the historical and social background of Kingwana, defines what he means by ethnicity, notes several features of ethnicity in the Ngwana population of Kisangani, notably common descent, territorial link, religion, names, economic activities and language, and examines the phonological, morphological and lexical characteristics which distinguish the Kingwana spoken by the Bangwana as a dialect different from other varieties of Kiswahili. Bibliogr.
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