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- DescriptionThe inconspicuous status of the indigeus languages of Botswana often leads into the wrong belief that this country's population is basically molingual. Setswana, the only national language, overshadows 25 or so mirity languages by making them vulnerable to language shift and death. Shiyeyi, the focal point in this study, is the second largest mirity language which so desperately struggles for its survival. The author contributes to the effort to preserve and develop the remnants of this endangered language by launching its very first comprehensive grammar that will serve both as reference material to teachers and focus of further research. Accessibility of the contents to a potentially large and diversified audience is enhanced by the translations provided. The book is based on authentic data. It covers systematically the Shiyeyi un classes before proceeding with similar structural descriptions of the other major word categories. It concludes with a generative-transformational treatment of the sentence structure. The glossary compiled towards the end is based on the rich illustrations given in the book and constitutes a starting point in an attempt to develop a future Shiyeyi dictionary.
- Author BiographyThe Author: Stephen Lukusa is a Congolese linguist born in 1950. He obtained his Licence degree in English Philology (University of Zaire in Lubumbashi, 1974). Since then he taught linguistics at Higher Teacher Training Colleges successively in Kisangani, Buta and Kinshasa (D.R.C.). Later on, he obtained a Diploma in TESOL (Manchester University, 1982), an M.A. in Linguistics (Lancaster University, 1987), a Ph.D. in Linguistics (Lancaster University, 1993). He taught French and Linguistics at the University of Dar-Es-Salaam (1994-97) and is now at the University of Botswana where he is lecturing in African Languages and Literature and coordinating the Master's Program.
- Author(s)Stephen T. M. Lukusa
- PublisherPeter Lang AG
- Date of Publication01/06/2002
- Country of PublicationSwitzerland
- ImprintPeter Lang AG
- Content Notefig. and tab.
- Weight240 g
- Width148 mm
- Height210 mm
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