ERIC Number: ED023068
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Publication Date: 1967-Mar
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Etymological and Phonetic Changes among Foreign Words in Kiswahili.
Swahili: Journal of the Institute of Swahili Research, v37 n1 MAR 1967
The author considers the etymological sources and phonetic changes which have occurred in such words as "bangi,""butu,""kalua,""mrututu," and "sambarau." The source of these words, which have found a place in Swahili, has been doubted or could not be established by compilers of different Swahili dictionaries. The author feels that the study and consideration of these various words very clearly indicate that those foreign words in Swahili whose derivation has not been clearly established may have their origin somewhere else than in East Africa. "It therefore becomes necessary and of the utmost improtance for the furtherance of Swahili studies to compile various dictionaries of other languages which have had connections with this lingua franca of East Africa." Suggested by the author are the compilation of Arabic/Swahili, Swahili/Arabic; Persian/Swahili, Swahili/Persian; and Gujarati-Hindi/Swahili, Swahili/Gujarati-Hindi dictionaries. (AMM)
Institute of Swahili Research, P.O. Box 9184, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
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