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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Kirundi-English, English-Kirundi Dictionaries | Marston Memorial Historical Center

All five vowels occur in long and short forms. There are two essential tones in Rundi: Other than a little interest in the most “obscure” or linguistically gramar languages, it’s pretty euro-centric. I’m interested in looking at more Bantu languages now that I have some grasp on Swahili.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. It is the official language of Burundi. Rundi has been shown to have properties of consonant harmony particularly when it comes to sibilants.

Wow, I like that. Without proper rendering supportyou may see question marks, boxes, or other symbols instead of Unicode characters. Kirundi is frequently cited as a language where Meeussen’s rulea rule describing a certain pattern of tonal change in Kkirundi languages, is active.

I thought that with Rwanda and Grammaf being further away from the coast, their language wouldn’t have so much obvious influence from Arabic. Francophone African Sign Language. Kirundi is mutually intelligible with Kinyarwandaan official language of Rwandaand the two form part of the wider dialect continuum known as Rwanda-Rundi.


Wow, it looks like we’ve finally found the language that’s too obscure or too harrowing even for UniLang! Ikirundi n’ikinyarwanda bisa nk’igi czek n’igi slovak. Rundi and Rwanda are closely related like Czech and Slovak. G11 Gogo G12 Kaguru. H41 Mbala H42 Hunganna. Neighbouring dialects of Kirundi are mutually intelligible with Haa language spoken in western Tanzania. This page was last edited on 10 Decemberat The languages are not that hard to learn and I have learned complicated languages than those two German.

Although the literature on Rundi agrees on 5 vowels, the number of consonants can vary anywhere from 19 to 26 consonants. Kirundi is natively spoken by the Hutu, although the other ethnic groups present in the country such as Tutsi, Twa and Hima among others have adopted the language. I’m so jealous, whenever he speaks it to his dad or grandmother it sounds so awesome. The apparent lack of interest on UniLang is quite understandable in light of the mind-boggling difficulty of this Bantu supra-language.

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. Narrow Bantu languages by Guthrie classification.

Kirundi-English, English-Kirundi Dictionaries

To really learn a language you must discuss with someone who speaks it that way your improve your accent. For a guide to IPA symbols, see Help: Rundi is a tonal language. It has been proposed that sequences that are CVV in the surface realization are actually CV in the underlying deep structurewith the consonant coalescing with the first vowel.


The Guthrie classification is geographic and its groupings do not imply a relationship between the languages within them. 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. Languages of the Democratic Republic grmmar the Congo. Looking at the Kkrundi text, it’s interesting to see how some of the vocabulary grrammar Swahili-Arabic vocabulary.

French, Arabic – Beginner: Rundi is often used in phonology to illustrate examples of Meeussen’s rule [15] [16] In addition, it has been proposed that tones can shift by a metrical or rhythmic structure. Rundi edition of Wikipediathe grammxr encyclopedia.

I’m unlikely to visit either anytime soon, though, so I haven’t put any effort into learning the language. F11 Tongwe F12 Bende. Tone can be a pain. G10 G11 Gogo G12 Kaguru.

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It looks difficult but I’d certainly be up for the challenge if there were just more resources. No registered users and 1 guest. HutuTutsiand Twa. The distinction is phonemic.

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The only problem is that I don’t like tones, but yeh I’d be interested in comparing Bantu languages. Somali, Kinyarwanda – Interested in: