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Title:Bantu languages and linguistics: papers in memory of Dr. Rugatiri D.K. Mekacha
Editor:Legère, KarstenISNI
Series:Bayreuth African studies series (ISSN 0178-0034)
City of publisher:Eckersdorf
Publisher:Pia Thielmann & Eckhard Breitinger
ISBN:3939661112; 9783939661122
Geographic term:Subsaharan Africa
Subjects:Bantu languages
language usage
memorial volumes (form)
About person:Rugatiri D.K. Mekacha (1956-2001)ISNI
Abstract:This collection of papers in honour of the Tanzanian linguist Rugatiri Mekacha (1956-2001) focuses on Bantu languages spoken in East Africa, Central Africa and Southern Africa. The first part, 'Linguistic analyses', is concerned with issues of language description and analysis, and contains contributions on Swahili and Tswana syllable structures (Herman M. Batibo); pre-stem shortening in Lungu (Lee Bickmore); the stress-focus constraint and Chewa focus prosody (Laura J. Downing); blocked imbrication in Bemba (Nancy C. Kula); tonal melodies and Meeussen's rule in Khayo (Michael R. Marlo); personal pronouns and possessives in Mbum (Francis Wepngong Ndi); onset consonants in Tswana (Sabine Zerbian). The second part, 'Socio-linguistics and language use', has contributions on Mekacha's views on statements by Nyerere about the development of Swahili in Tanzania (Charles Bwenge, written in Swahili); the language and dialect atlas of Kenya Project (1973-1980) (Bernd Heine); Swahilization of Bondei (John Kiango); Swahili of Zanzibar and Tanzania mainland: towards two standard varieties (Ahmad Kipacha); the role of language in the liberation struggle in Tanganyika (Karsten Legère); transcendental language of Haya diviner-mediums (Aldin K. Mutembei); possibilities for language instruction in Tanzania (Zaline M. Roy-Cambell). [ASC Leiden abstract]