Robert Botne: A Grammatical Sketch of the Lusaamia Verb (E.34) [PDF]


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Grammatical Analyses of African Languages Volume 30

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X, 186 pp.
1 map, 3 tables, numerous charts and graphs, Verb stem lexicon (Lusaamia–English / English–Lusaamia), index

Text language: English

The Bantu language under consideration is classified as E.34 Guthrie’s zone classification, and J.34 in the Tervuren revision of Guthrie (1978). Lusaamia – Ólusaamya in the language itself – is spoken along the eastern shores of Lake Victoria in western Kenya and eastern Uganda. There are approximately 50,000 speakers in Kenya and 175,000 speakers in Uganda. It is considered to be one of seventeen dialects constituting the Luluyia language cluster. Lusaamia is an agglutinating language – like nearly all Bantu languages – with a basic SVO word order.

This sketch represents the language as spoken in Busia, Western Province, Kenya. The Saamia people live in close proximity to the (Nilotic speaking) Luo people. Because of the dominant size of the Luo population and culture, Lusaamia has a significant number of lexical borrowings from Dholuo. The data described here differ in certain respects from some of the descriptions found in Angogo Kanyoro (1983) and Chagas (1876).

The present work analyses the composition and forms of the verbal word. Besides all typical verbal categories like tense, aspect (Aktionsart), mood, the author also provides detailed descriptions of clitics, the occuring extensions in form of suffixal elements, reduplication phenomena as well as phonological and syllable characteristics of the verb forms of this language. It also contains some proverbs, sayings, and texts followed by a Lusaamia verb stem lexicon (Lusaamia–English and English–Lusaamia).

Under these links you will find publications by the author, an analysis of the cultural vocabulary of the Great Lakes Bantu languages (Rwanda / Tanzania / Uganda) and a couple of grammatical descriptions, dictionaries and text collections of these languages:

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