Möhlig / Marten / Kavari: A Grammatical Sketch of Herero (Otjiherero, G.31) [PDF]


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GA Grammatical Analyses of African Languages Volume 19

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127 pp.
1 map, numerous tables, vocabulary English–Herero, Herero–English

Text language: English

Herero / Otjiherero is a Bantu language (G.31) that is spoken mainly in Namibia and parts of Botswana and Angola. The present grammatical sketch of Herero (Otjiherero) contains a concise but complete grammar of the Herero language of Namibia.

All aspects of language structure are covered, in particular phonology, tonology, morphology, syntax and lexicon. Two elaborate text examples are included. Because of the limited size tables and paradigms prevail. An index allows quick access to topics beyond the traditional structure of a grammar. The intention of the book is two-fold. It offers a reliable aid for those interested in gaining a practical language proficiency in Herero, while for Herero native speakers it provides a good access to the English language.

The study is the result of a collaborative research designed as a European-African partnership project by three bantuists where one of them, Jekura U. Kavari, is a native speaker of Herero.

Under these links you will find further descriptions of the Herero language, culture and history:
Wilhelm J.G. Möhlig / Jekura U. Kavari: Reference Grammar of Herero (Otjiherero) – Bantu Language of Namibia [PDF]
Jekura Uaurika Kavari: The Form and Meaning of Otjiherero Praises [PDF]
Jan-Bart Gewald: “We Thought we would be Free …” – Socio-Cultural Aspects of Herero History in Namibia, 1915–1940 [PDF]
Rose Marie Beck: Bridging the Language Gap – Approaches to Herero Verbal Interaction as Development Practice in Namibia [PDF]

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