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|Periodical article||Leiden University catalogue||WorldCat|
|Title:||Portuguese influences in East African languages|
|Authors:||Kiraithe, Jacqueline M.|
Baden, Nancy T.
|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.|