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Title:Educated urban Swahili
Author:Der-Houssikian, Haig
Periodical:Journal of the Language Association of Eastern Africa
Geographic term:Tanzania
Subjects:Swahili language
Abstract:This is a paper in defence of a tentative hypothesis of an 'educated urban' Swahili dialect which cuts across the heretofore recognized regional dialect isoglosses of KiAmu, KiMvita and KiUngoka. The hypothesis is based on corresponding linguistic and social evidence from Malindi, Mombasa and Dar es Salaam. The hypothesis is tentative because it is essentially a projection and generalization from a fairly restricted geographical area, the East African coast, to East Africa generally. It must, therefore, be subject to further examination and revision. The KiMombasa evidence is presented and explained first. KiMalindi and KiDar es Salaam evidence is next, followed by concluding remarks. The linguistic corpus which contributes most prominently to the evidence concerns certain aspects of the Swahili noun class and concord system. Ref., notes.