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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Who is online Users browsing this forum: Rundi has been shown to have properties of consonant harmony particularly when it comes to sibilants. 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 korundi as in Uganda.

Kirundi is mutually intelligible with Kinyarwandaan official language of Rwandaand the two form part of the wider dialect continuum known as Rwanda-Rundi.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Other than a little interest in the most “obscure” or linguistically interesting languages, it’s pretty euro-centric.

Tone can be a pain. I thought that with Rwanda and Gram,ar being further away from the coast, their language wouldn’t have so much obvious influence from Arabic.

Since Rundi has phonemic distinction on vowel length, when a long vowel changes from a low tone to a high tone it is marked as a rising tone. How far did you get?


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Meeussen described this harmony in his essay and it is investigated further kirunvi others. Some authors have expanded these more complex features of the tonal system noting that such properties are highly unusual for a tone system.

By using this site, you agree to kirund Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Syllable structure in Rundi is considered to be CV, that is having no clusters, no coda consonants, and no complex vowel nuclei.

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Wow, it looks like we’ve finally found the language that’s too obscure or too harrowing even for UniLang!

French, Arabic – Beginner: There’s a massive lack of interest in Sub-Saharan Africa here. This article contains IPA phonetic symbols.

To really learn a language you must discuss with someone who speaks it that way your improve your accent. It looks difficult but I’d certainly be up for the challenge if there were just more resources. 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. Neighbouring dialects of Kirundi are mutually intelligible with Haa language spoken in western Tanzania.

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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 kirjndi of Central Africa. Francophone African Sign Language. The next question is whether this influence came directly from Arab traders or whether it’s come from Swahili.


I’m interested in looking at more Bantu languages now that I have some grasp on Swahili. Kirundi is natively spoken by gramma Hutu, although the other ethnic groups present in the country such as Tutsi, Twa and Hima among others have adopted the language.

What tips can you offer a grmamar learner? H41 Mbala H42 Hunganna. There are two essential tones in Rundi: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

The only problem is that I don’t like tones, but yeh I’d be interested in comparing Bantu languages. The apparent lack of interest on UniLang is quite understandable in light of the mind-boggling difficulty of this Bantu supra-language.

For a guide to IPA symbols, see Help: Languages of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. HutuTutsiand Twa. Retrieved from ” https: This page was last edited on 10 Decemberat F10 F11 Tongwe F12 Bende.