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Periodical article Periodical article Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue WorldCat catalogue WorldCat
Title:Portuguese influences in East African languages
Authors:Kiraithe, Jacqueline M.
Baden, Nancy T.
Periodical:African Studies
Geographic terms:Portugal
East Africa
Subjects:African languages
loan words
Portuguese language
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/00020187608707463
Abstract:As a result of detailed investigation, it can be demonstrated that the Portuguese language, particularly the lexicon, has left vestiges of nearly 150 words which can be authenticated in current speech and in contemporary dictionaries of Swahili and other languages (Luyia, Kikuyu, Meru, Rundi, Kamba) spoken on or near the north-eastern coast of Africa. The study is organized as follows: a brief survey of Portuguese contact in East Africa; a presentation of the method of inquiry; a description of the language families involved; a classification of the lexical items under consideration. The main conclusion drawn from this study is that Portuguese influence has been more extensive in East Africa than was previously believed. Bibl., maps, notes.