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Title:Linguistic evidence regarding the territorial history of the Maa-speaking peoples: some preliminary remarks
Author:Vossen, RainerISNI
Year:1978
Periodical:Kenya Historical Review
Volume:6
Issue:1-2
Pages:34-52
Language:English
Geographic terms:Kenya
Tanzania
Subjects:Maasai
Maasai language
Abstract:Since the beginnings of the 1960's several attempts have been made to make use of linguistic methods in orde to bring new light intro the still largely unknown African prehistory. Although these works turned out to be of varying success, in detail they nevertheless, have generally pointed out the significance of linguistic methods as a tool for reconstructing the history of African societies and cultures. The present article fits the series of these investigations. It deals with the territorial history of a group of tribes which are united among one another by the fact that they speak dialects of the same language and that they have quite a number of cultural features in common. This population has usually been referred to as the Maasai (masai) but it is nowadays preferably known as the Maa-speaking peoples. Sections: Notes on methodology - The linguistic evidence - Aspects of Maa territorial history (L-Aitokitok; L-Arusa; Baraguya; Camus; Sikari). Notes, tab, Maps.
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