Get this from a library! Kirundi grammar: book II. [Betty Ellen Cox]. From to Elizabeth “Betty” Ellen Cox served as a missionary to equatorial Africa working for the General Missionary Board of the Free Methodist . Dictionary: Kirundi-English, English-Kirundi by. Elizabeth E. Cox be necessary to turn to the Kirundi-English section. N.B. .. interrogative (grammar) ku – bā ta.

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Rundi is often used in phonology to illustrate examples of Meeussen’s rule [15] [16] In addition, it has been proposed that tones can kirund by a metrical or rhythmic structure. There are two essential tones in Rundi: Kongo Kituba Lingala Swahili Tshiluba. The apparent lack of interest on UniLang is quite understandable in light of the mind-boggling difficulty of this Bantu supra-language.

Narrow Bantu languages by Guthrie classification. G10 G11 Gogo G12 Kaguru. Tone can be a pain. Neighbouring dialects of Kirundi are mutually intelligible with Haa language spoken in western Tanzania. Wow, it looks like we’ve finally found the language that’s too obscure or too harrowing even for UniLang! It’s not that surprising. G51 Pogolo G52 Ndamba. Rundi is a tonal language. The inhabitants of Rwanda and Burundi belong to several different ethnic groups: Rundi and Rwanda are closely related like Czech and Slovak.

The distinction is phonemic. Languages of the Jirundi Republic of the Congo. Without proper rendering supportyou may see question marks, boxes, or other symbols instead of Unicode characters. I’m so jealous, whenever he speaks it to his dad or grandmother it sounds so awesome. What resources did you use? What tips can you offer a potential learner?


There’s a massive lack of interest in Sub-Saharan Africa here.

Kirundi-English, English-Kirundi Dictionaries

I thought that with Rwanda and Burundi being further away from the coast, their language wouldn’t have so much obvious influence from Arabic. This page was last edited on 10 Decemberat HutuTutsiand Twa. Kirundi is mutually intelligible korundi Kinyarwandaan official language of Rwandaand the two form part of the wider dialect continuum known as Rwanda-Rundi.

Eleanor Roosevelt once said, ” The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. Views Read Edit View history. English Swahili Ugandan Sign Language. Kirundi[5] [6] also known as Rundi[2] [7] [8] [9] is a Bantu language spoken by 9 million people in Burundi and adjacent parts of Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of the Congoas well as in Uganda.

Kirundi is frequently cited as a language where Meeussen’s rulea rule describing a certain pattern of grammzr change in Bantu languages, is active. Rundi has been shown to have properties of consonant harmony particularly when it comes to sibilants.

It looks difficult but I’d certainly be up for geammar challenge if there were just more resources. To really learn a language you must discuss kirrundi someone who speaks it that way your improve your accent. Who is online Users browsing this forum: H41 Mbala H42 Hunganna. I’m unlikely to visit either anytime soon, though, so I haven’t put any effort into learning the language.

All five vowels occur in long and short forms.

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David Zorc and Louise Nibagwire’s ” Kinyarwanda and Kirundi Comparative Grammar ” published in by Dunwoody Pressand would like to start a discussion on this dialect continuum of Central Africa. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.

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For a guide to IPA symbols, grmmar Help: F11 Tongwe F12 Bende. Wow, I like that. G11 Gogo G12 Kaguru.

The only problem is that I don’t like tones, but yeh I’d be interested in comparing Bantu languages. It is the official language of Burundi.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The next question is whether this influence came directly from Arab traders or whether it’s come from Swahili. How far did you get? Retrieved from ” https: F10 F11 Tongwe F12 Bende.

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Other than a little interest in the most “obscure” or linguistically interesting languages, it’s pretty euro-centric. Do you have any links? Syllable structure in Rundi is considered to be CV, that is having no clusters, no coda consonants, and no complex vowel nuclei.

I’m interested in looking at more Bantu languages now that I have some grasp on Gramnar. Some authors have expanded these more complex grammae of the tonal system noting that such properties are highly unusual for a tone system. Meeussen described this harmony in his essay and it is investigated further by others.