زبان سواحلی

از ویکی‌پدیا، دانشنامهٔ آزاد
(تغییرمسیر از سواحیلی)
پرش به: ناوبری، جستجو
فارسیEnglish
Swahili
Kiswahili
زبان بومی در: تانزانیا، جمهوری دموکراتیک کنگو، کنیا، موزامبیک (mostly Mwaniبوروندی، رواندا، اوگاندا، اوگاندا،[۱] کومور، مایوت و زامبیا، مالاوی، ماداگاسکار، و سودان جنوبی
تعداد گویشوران
۲ میلیون[۲][۳] تا ۱۵ میلیون  (۲۰۱۲)e18
زبان دوم: ۵۰ تا ۱۰۰ میلیون[۲]
الفبای لاتین (Roman Swahili alphabet),
خط عربی (Arabic Swahili alphabet)
Swahili Braille
وضعیت رسمی
زبان رسمی در
Tanzania, Kenya, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Uganda, Comoros, اتحادیه آفریقا، East African Community
تنظیم‌شده توسط Baraza la Kiswahili la Taifa (Tanzania), Chama cha Kiswahili cha Taifa (Kenya)
کدهای زبان
ایزو ۶۳۹-۱ sw
ایزو ۶۳۹-۲ swa
ایزو ۶۳۹-۳ swainclusive code
Individual codes:
swc – Congo Swahili
swh – Coastal Swahili
ymk – [[Makwe]]
wmw – [[Mwani]]
گلاتولوگ swah1254[۴]
G.42–43;
G.40.A–H (pidgins & creoles)
[۵]
زبان‌شناسی 99-AUS-m
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     Coastal areas where Swahili or Comorian is the indigenous language,

     official or national language,

     and trade language. As a trade language, Swahili extends some distance further to the northwest.[نیازمند منبع]
این نوشتار شامل نمادهای آوایی آی‌پی‌ای است. بدون پشتیبانی مناسب تفسیر، ممکن است علامت‌های سوال، جعبه یا دیگر نمادها را جای نویسه‌های یونی‌کد ببینید.
گسترهٔ زبان سواحلی در آفریقای شرقی.

زبان سواحِلی (به انگلیسی: Swahili) عضوی از خانوادهٔ زبان‌های بانتو است و در شرق و تا حدودی مرکزِ آفریقا به‌کار می‌رود. سواحلی زبان اول حدود ۵میلیون نفر و زبان دوم حدود ۵۰ میلیون نفر است. علاوه بر عربی، واژه‌های زبان‌های فارسی، آلمانی، هندی و انگلیسی نیز به دلیل ارتباطات با دیگر خانواده‌های زبانی، وارد این زبان شده‌است.[۶]

تأثیر فارسی بر سواحلی[ویرایش]

برخی از واژگان زبان سواحلی از زبانهای دیگر چون عربی و انگلیسی و فارسی اخذ شده است.[نیازمند منبع] این زبان در شرق و تا حدودی مرکز آفریقا به‌کار برده می‌شود.[نیازمند منبع]

در زبان سواحلی، برخی واژه‌ها با گویش بندریِ فارسی بسیار نزدیک و هم‌معنی هستند؛ مانند:

  • کاکا = برادر
  • دادا = خواهر
  • بندری = بندری (بندرگاه)
  • سیفه = سیفه (روغن کوسه)
  • منشوه = منشوه (یک نوع قایق)
  • چنگو = چنگو (یک نوع ماهی خوش‌مزه برای برشتن)
  • رفیقی = رفیق

در اصطلاحات دریانوردی و لنج‌داری و مراسم زار واژه‌های فارسی بیشتری وجود دارد.[نیازمند منبع]

چند واژه و معانی آنها در زبان سواحلی[ویرایش]

  • می‌می = من
  • وی‌وی = تو، شما
  • زیچی = قشنگ، زیبا
  • جمبو = سلام
  • سننه = خوب، عالی
  • کا کا میزی = دانشجو
  • حباری = چطوری؟
  • مزاری سننه = خیلی خوب
  • کواری = خداحافظ
  • بووانا = آقا، جناب
  • اسنتی سننه = خیلی ممنون
  • جمبو بووانا = سلام آقا
  • ح کونا ما تا تا = اشکالی ندارد، مشکلی نیست، خبر بدی نیست.

ادبیات زبان سواحلی[ویرایش]

ادبیات به زبان سواحلی، در قالب اشعار حماسی شکل گرفته است. این اشعار از فرهنگ و ادب اسلامی مایه گرفته‌اند و دربارهٔ زندگانی محمد، پیامبر اسلام، علی بن ابی طالب و حسین بن علی سروده شده‌اند.

ابن حاجب غسّانی نیز اشعاری غیر مذهبی سرود. شیخ امری عابدی و ماتیاس مِنیمپالا از شاعران برجستهٔ سواحلی زبان در قرن بیستم‌اند. نویسندگانی مانند دیوید دیوا و عُمَر شریف، آثاری بر پایهٔ افسانه‌ها و اسطوره‌های سنتی شرق در این زبان آفریدند.

شَبان روبِرت، بزرگترین نویسندهٔ مسلمان و معاصر در زبان سواحلی است که داستان‌های تربیتی نوشت. او آغازگر مقاله نویسی به این زبان است. در دورهٔ معاصر رمان‌ها و داستان‌های پلیسی نیز به زبان سواحلی نوشته شده‌است.

پیوند به بیرون[ویرایش]

منابع[ویرایش]

  1. Thomas J. Hinnebusch, 1992, "Swahili", International Encyclopedia of Linguistics, Oxford, pp. 99–106
    David Dalby, 1999/2000, The Linguasphere Register of the World's Languages and Speech Communities, Linguasphere Press, Volume Two, pg. 733–735
    Benji Wald, 1994, "Sub-Saharan Africa", Atlas of the World's Languages, Routledge, pp. 289–346, maps 80, 81, 85
  2. ۲٫۰ ۲٫۱ "HOME - Home". Swahililanguage.stanford.edu. Retrieved 19 July 2016. After Arabic, Swahili is the most widely used African language but the number of its speakers is another area in which there is little agreement. The most commonly mentioned numbers are 50, 80, and 100 million people. [...] The number of its native speakers has been conservatively placed at just under 2 million. 
  3. Hinnebusch, Thomas J. (2003). "Swahili". In William J. Frawley. International Encyclopedia of Linguistics (2 ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press. (subscription required (help)). First-language (L1) speakers of Swahili, who probably number no more than two million [...] 
  4. Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Swahili (G.40)". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  5. Jouni Filip Maho, 2009. New Updated Guthrie List Online
  6. Prins, A.H.J. 1961. The Swahili-Speaking Peoples of Zanzibar and the East African Coast (Arabs, Shirazi and Swahili). Ethnographic Survey of Africa, edited by Daryll Forde. London: International African Institute.
  • زبان سواحلی، نوشتهٔ جی.اف. سخری، ترجمهٔ پریوش مقیم‌خان، ته‍ران، انتشارات قاضی، ۱۳۸۵.
  • عبادیان، محمود، «یکی از ویژگی‌های زبانیِ فرهنگ مردم سواحلی»، مجلهٔ ادبیات داستانی، پاییز ۱۳۷۳: صص ۴۰–۴۱ (ویژه‌نامه).
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Swahili
Kiswahili
Native to Tanzania, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Mozambique (mostly Mwani), Burundi, Somalia, Rwanda, Uganda,[1] Comoros, Mayotte, and the margins of Zambia, Malawi, Madagascar, and South Sudan
Native speakers
2 million[2][3] to 15 million.[citation needed] (2012)[4]
L2 speakers: 50 to 100 million[2]
Latin script (Roman Swahili alphabet),
Arabic script (Arabic Swahili alphabet)
Swahili Braille
Official status
Official language in
Tanzania, Kenya, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Uganda, African Union, East African Community
Regulated by Baraza la Kiswahili la Taifa (Tanzania), Chama cha Kiswahili cha Taifa (Kenya)
Language codes
ISO 639-1 sw
ISO 639-2 swa
ISO 639-3 swainclusive code
Individual codes:
swc – Congo Swahili
swh – Coastal Swahili
ymk – Makwe
wmw – Mwani
Glottolog swah1254[5]
G.42–43;
G.40.A–H (pidgins & creoles)
[6]
Linguasphere 99-AUS-m
Maeneo penye wasemaji wa Kiswahili.png
  areas where Swahili or Comorian is the indigenous language
  official or national language
  as a trade language
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Swahili, also known as Kiswahili (translation: coast language[7]), is a Bantu language and the first language of the Swahili people. It is a lingua franca of the African Great Lakes region and other parts of eastern and south-eastern Africa, including Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Mozambique, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).[8] Comorian, spoken in the Comoros Islands is sometimes considered to be a dialect of Swahili, though other authorities consider it a distinct language.[9]

Estimates of the total number of Swahili speakers vary widely, from 50 million to over 100 million.[2][10] Swahili serves as a national language of three nations: Tanzania, Kenya, and the DRC.[citation needed] Shikomor, the official language in Comoros and also spoken in Mayotte (Shimaore), is related to Swahili.[11] Swahili is also one of the working languages of the African Union and officially recognised as a lingua franca of the East African Community.[12]

A significant fraction of Swahili vocabulary is derived from Arabic through contact with Arabic-speaking Muslim inhabitants of the Swahili Coast.[13]

Classification

Swahili is a Bantu language of the Sabaki branch.[14] In Guthrie's geographic classification, Swahili is in Bantu zone G, whereas the other Sabaki languages are in zone E70, commonly under the name Nyika. Local folk-theories of the language have often considered Swahili to be a mixed language because of its many loan words from Arabic, and the fact that Swahili people have historically been Muslims. However, historical linguists do not consider the Arabic influence on Swahili to be significant enough to classify it as a mixed language, since Arabic influence is limited to lexical items, most of which have only been borrowed after 1500, while the grammatical and syntactic structure of the lanugage is typically Bantu.[15][16]

History

Swahili in Arabic script—memorial plate at the Askari Monument, Dar es Salaam (1927)

Origin

Its old name was Kingozi, but as traders came from Arabic, Persian, and Indian countries, their vocabulary intermingled with the language. It was originally written in Arabic script[17]

The earliest known documents written in Swahili are letters written in Kilwa in 1711 in the Arabic script that were sent to the Portuguese of Mozambique and their local allies. The original letters are preserved in the Historical Archives of Goa, India.[18]

Colonial period

Although originally written with the Arabic script, Swahili is now written in a Latin alphabet introduced by Christian missionaries and colonial administrators. The text shown here is the Catholic version of the Lord's Prayer.[19]

Christian missionaries were the ones that spread the Latin alphabet to the Swahili people. They used it to communicate with the natives, spreading it further.

Since Swahili was the language of commerce in East Africa, the colonial administers wanted to standardize it.[20] In June 1928, an inter-territorial conference attended by representatives of Kenya, Tanganyika, Uganda, and Zanzibar took place in Mombasa. Since its speech was more educated, the Zanzibar dialect was chosen as standard Swahili for those areas,[7] and the standard orthography for Swahili was adopted.[21]

Current status

Swahili has become a second language spoken by tens of millions in three African Great Lakes countries (Tanzania, Kenya, and the DRC) where it is an official or national language. It is the only African language in the African Union. In 2016, Swahili was made a compulsory subject in all Kenyan schools.[22] Swahili and closely related languages are spoken by relatively small numbers of people in Burundi, the Comoros, Rwanda, Malawi, Mozambique, and northern Zambia.[23] The language was still understood in the southern ports of the Red Sea and along the coasts of southern Arabia and the Persian Gulf in the 20th century.[24][25]

Some 80 percent of approximately 49 million Tanzanians speak Swahili in addition to their first languages.[26] The five eastern provinces of the DRC are Swahili-speaking. Nearly half the 66 million Congolese reportedly speak it.[27] Swahili speakers may number 120 to 150 million in total.[28]


Phonology

Swahili is said to be one of the easiest African languages to learn for a native English speaker. This is because there is no lexical tone and you read the words as they are written.[29]

Vowels

Standard Swahili has five vowel phonemes: /ɑ/, /ɛ/, /i/, /o/, and /u/. Vowels are never reduced, regardless of stress, but they are pronounced in full as follows:[30]

  • /ɑ/ is pronounced like the "a" in father.
  • /ɛ/ is pronounced like the "e" in let.
  • /i/ is pronounced like the "ee" in see.
  • /o/ is pronounced somewhat like the "o" in ford.
  • /u/ is pronounced like the "u" in zulu or "oo" in loop.

Consonants

There are 36 consonant phonemes in Swahili. [31]

Swahili consonant phonemes[32]
Labial Dental Alveolar Postalveolar
/ palatal
Velar Glottal
Nasal m ⟨m⟩ n ⟨n⟩ ɲ ⟨ny⟩ ŋ ⟨ng'⟩
Stop prenasalized ᵐb ⟨mb⟩ ⁿd ⟨nd⟩ ᶮɟ~ⁿdʒ ⟨nj⟩ ᵑɡ ⟨ng⟩
voiced b ⟨b⟩ d ⟨d⟩ ʄ ⟨j⟩ g ⟨g⟩
voiceless p ⟨p⟩ t ⟨t⟩ ⟨ch⟩ k ⟨k⟩
Fricative prenasalized ᵐv ⟨mv⟩ ⁿz ⟨nz⟩
voiced v ⟨v⟩ (ð ⟨dh⟩) z ⟨z⟩ (ɣ ⟨gh⟩)
voiceless f ⟨f⟩ (θ ⟨th⟩) s ⟨s⟩ ʃ ⟨sh⟩ (x ⟨kh⟩) h ⟨h⟩
Rhotic r ⟨r⟩
Approximant l ⟨l⟩ j ⟨y⟩ w ⟨w⟩

Orthography

Swahili in Arabic script on the clothes of a woman in Tanzania (ca. early 1900s)


Swahili is currently written in an alphabet close to English, except it does not use the letters Q and X.[33] There are two digraphs for native sounds, ch and sh; c is not used apart from unassimilated English loans and, occasionally, as a substitute for k in advertisements. There are also several digraphs for Arabic sounds not distinguished in pronunciation outside of traditional Swahili areas.

The language used to be written in the Arabic script. Unlike adaptations of the Arabic script for other languages, relatively little accommodation was made for Swahili. There were also differences in orthographic conventions between cities and authors and over the centuries, some quite precise but others defective enough to cause difficulties with intelligibility.

/e/ and /i/, /o/ and /u/ were often conflated, but in some spellings, /e/ was distinguished from /i/ by rotating the kasra 90° and /o/ was distinguished from /u/ by writing the damma backwards.

Several Swahili consonants do not have equivalents in Arabic, and for them, often no special letters were created unlike, for example, in Persian and Urdu scripts. Instead, the closest Arabic sound is substituted. Not only did that mean that one letter often stands for more than one sound, but also writers made different choices of which consonant to substitute. Here are some of the equivalents between Arabic Swahili and Roman Swahili:

Arabic
Swahili
Roman
Swahili
ا aa
ب b p mb mp bw pw mbw mpw
ت t nt
ث th?
ج j nj ng ng' ny
ح h
خ kh h
د d nd
ذ dh?
ر r d nd
ز z nz
س s
ش sh ch
ص s, sw
ض dhw
ط t tw chw
ظ z th dh dhw
ع ?
غ gh g ng ng'
ف f fy v vy mv p
ق k g ng ch sh ny
ك
ل l
م m
ن n
ه h
و w
ي y ny

That was the general situation, but conventions from Urdu were adopted by some authors such as to distinguish aspiration and /p/ from /b/: پھا /pʰaa/ 'gazelle', پا /paa/ 'roof'. Although it is not found in Standard Swahili today, there is a distinction between dental and alveolar consonants in some dialects, which is reflected in some orthographies, for example in كُٹَ -kuta 'to meet' vs. كُتَ -kut̠a 'to be satisfied'. A k with the dots of y, ڱ, was used for ch in some conventions; ky being historically and even contemporaneously a more accurate transcription than Roman ch. In Mombasa, it was common to use the Arabic emphatics for Cw, for example in صِصِ swiswi (standard sisi) 'we' and كِطَ kit̠wa (standard kichwa) 'head'.

Word division differs from Roman norms. Particles such as ya, na, si, kwa, ni are joined to the following noun, and possessives such as yangu and yako are joined to the preceding noun, but verbs are written as two words, with the subject and tense–aspect–mood morphemes separated from the object and root, as in aliye niambia "he who asked me".[34]

Grammar

Noun classes

Semantic motivation

The ki-/vi- class historically consisted of two separate genders, artefacts (Bantu class 7/8, utensils and hand tools mostly) and diminutives (Bantu class 12), which were conflated at a stage ancestral to Swahili. Examples of the former are kisu "knife", kiti "chair" (from mti "tree, wood"), chombo "vessel" (a contraction of ki-ombo). Examples of the latter are kitoto "infant", from mtoto "child"; kitawi "frond", from tawi "branch"; and chumba (ki-umba) "room", from nyumba "house". It is the diminutive sense that has been furthest extended. An extension common to diminutives in many languages is approximation and resemblance (having a 'little bit' of some characteristic, like -y or -ish in English). For example, there is kijani "green", from jani "leaf" (compare English 'leafy'), kichaka "bush" from chaka "clump", and kivuli "shadow" from uvuli "shade". A 'little bit' of a verb would be an instance of an action, and such instantiations (usually not very active ones) are found: kifo "death", from the verb -fa "to die"; kiota "nest" from -ota "to brood"; chakula "food" from kula "to eat"; kivuko "a ford, a pass" from -vuka "to cross"; and kilimia "the Pleiades", from -limia "to farm with", from its role in guiding planting. A resemblance, or being a bit like something, implies marginal status in a category, so things that are marginal examples of their class may take the ki-/vi- prefixes. One example is chura (ki-ura) "frog", which is only half terrestrial and therefore is marginal as an animal. This extension may account for disabilities as well: kilema "a cripple", kipofu "a blind person", kiziwi "a deaf person". Finally, diminutives often denote contempt, and contempt is sometimes expressed against things that are dangerous. This might be the historical explanation for kifaru "rhinoceros", kingugwa "spotted hyena", and kiboko "hippopotamus" (perhaps originally meaning "stubby legs").

Another class with broad semantic extension is the m-/mi- class (Bantu classes 3/4). This is often called the 'tree' class, because mti, miti "tree(s)" is the prototypical example. However, it seems to cover vital entities neither human nor typical animals: trees and other plants, such as mwitu 'forest' and mtama 'millet' (and from there, things made from plants, like mkeka 'mat'); supernatural and natural forces, such as mwezi 'moon', mlima 'mountain', mto 'river'; active things, such as moto 'fire', including active body parts (moyo 'heart', mkono 'hand, arm'); and human groups, which are vital but not themselves human, such as mji 'village', and, by analogy, mzinga 'beehive/cannon'. From the central idea of tree, which is thin, tall, and spreading, comes an extension to other long or extended things or parts of things, such as mwavuli 'umbrella', moshi 'smoke', msumari 'nail'; and from activity there even come active instantiations of verbs, such as mfuo "metal forging", from -fua "to forge", or mlio "a sound", from -lia "to make a sound". Words may be connected to their class by more than one metaphor. For example, mkono is an active body part, and mto is an active natural force, but they are also both long and thin. Things with a trajectory, such as mpaka 'border' and mwendo 'journey', are classified with long thin things, as in many other languages with noun classes. This may be further extended to anything dealing with time, such as mwaka 'year' and perhaps mshahara 'wages'. Animals exceptional in some way and so not easily fitting in the other classes may be placed in this class.

The other classes have foundations that may at first seem similarly counterintuitive.[35] In short,

  • Classes 1–2 include most words for people: kin terms, professions, ethnicities, etc., including translations of most English words ending in -er. They include a couple generic words for animals: mnyama 'beast', mdudu 'bug'.
  • Classes 5–6 have a broad semantic range of groups, expanses, and augmentatives. Although interrelated, it is easier to illustrate if broken down:
    • Augmentatives, such as joka 'serpent' from nyoka 'snake', lead to titles and other terms of respect (the opposite of diminutives, which lead to terms of contempt): Bwana 'Sir', shangazi 'aunt', fundi 'craftsman', kadhi 'judge'.
    • Expanses: ziwa 'lake', bonde 'valley', taifa 'country', anga 'sky'
      • from this, mass nouns: maji 'water', vumbi 'dust' (and other liquids and fine particulates which may cover broad expanses), kaa 'charcoal', mali 'wealth', maridhawa 'abundance'
    • Collectives: kundi 'group', kabila 'language/ethnic group', jeshi 'army', daraja ' stairs', manyoya 'fur, feathers', mapesa 'small change', manyasi 'weeds', jongoo 'millipede' (large set of legs), marimba 'xylophone' (large set of keys)
      • from this, individual things found in groups: jiwe 'stone', tawi 'branch', ua 'flower', tunda 'fruit' (also the names of most fruits), yai 'egg', mapacha 'twins', jino 'tooth', tumbo 'stomach' (cf. English "guts"), and paired body parts such as jicho 'eye', bawa 'wing', etc.
      • also collective or dialogic actions, which occur among groups of people: neno 'a word', from kunena 'to speak' (and by extension, mental verbal processes: wazo 'thought', maana 'meaning'); pigo 'a stroke, blow', from kupiga 'to hit'; gomvi 'a quarrel', shauri 'advice, plan', kosa 'mistake', jambo 'affair', penzi 'love', jibu 'answer', agano 'promise', malipo 'payment'
      • From pairing, reproduction is suggested as another extension (fruit, egg, testicle, flower, twins, etc.), but these generally duplicate one or more of the subcategories above
  • Classes 9–10 are used for most typical animals: ndege 'bird', samaki 'fish', and the specific names of typical beasts, birds, and bugs. However, this is the 'other' class, for words not fitting well elsewhere, and about half of the class 9–10 nouns are foreign loanwords. Loans may be classified as 9–10 because they lack the prefixes inherent in other classes, and most native class 9–10 nouns have no prefix. Thus they do not form a coherent semantic class, though there are still semantic extensions from individual words.
  • Class 11 (which takes class 10 for the plural) are mostly nouns with an "extended outline shape", in either one dimension or two:
    • mass nouns that are generally localized rather than covering vast expanses: uji 'porridge', wali 'cooked rice'
    • broad: ukuta 'wall', ukucha 'fingernail', upande 'side' (≈ ubavu 'rib'), wavu 'net', wayo 'sole, footprint', ua 'fence, yard', uteo 'winnowing basket',
    • long: utambi 'wick', utepe 'stripe', uta 'bow', ubavu 'rib', ufa 'crack', unywele 'a hair'
      • from 'a hair', singulatives of nouns, which are often class 6 ('collectives') in the plural: unyoya 'a feather', uvumbi 'a grain of dust', ushanga 'a bead'
  • Class 14 are abstractions, such as utoto 'childhood' (from mtoto 'a child') and have no plural. They have the same prefixes and concord as class 11, except optionally for adjectival concord.
  • Class 15 are verbal infinitives.
  • Classes 16–18 are locatives. The Bantu nouns of these classes have been lost; the only permanent member is the Arabic loan mahali 'place(s)', but in Mombasa Swahili, the old prefixes survive: pahali 'place', mwahali 'places'. However, any noun with the locative suffix -ni takes class 16–18 agreement. The distinction between them is that class 16 agreement is used if the location is intended to be definite ("at"), class 17 if indefinite ("around") or involves motion ("to, toward"), and class 18 if it involves containment ("within"): mahali pazuri 'a good spot', mahali kuzuri 'a nice area', mahali muzuri (it's nice in there).

Agreement

Swahili phrases agree with nouns in a system of concord, but if the noun refers to a human, they accord with noun classes 1-2 regardless of their noun class. Verbs agree with the noun class of their subjects and objects; adjectives, prepositions and demonstratives agree with the noun class of their nouns. In Standard Swahili (Kiswahili sanifu), based on the dialect spoken in Zanzibar, the system is rather complex; however, it is drastically simplified in many local variants where Swahili is not a native language, such as in Nairobi. In non-native Swahili, concord reflects only animacy: human subjects and objects trigger a-, wa- and m-, wa- in verbal concord, while non-human subjects and objects of whatever class trigger i-, zi-. Infinitives vary between standard ku- and reduced i-.[36] ("Of" is animate wa and inanimate ya, za.)

In Standard Swahili, human subjects and objects of whatever class trigger animacy concord in a-, wa- and m-, wa-, and non-human subjects and objects trigger a variety of gender-concord prefixes.

Swahili noun-class concord
NC Semantic
field
Noun
-C, -V
Subj. Obj -a Adjective
-C, -i, -e[* 1]
1 person m-, mw- a- m- wa m-, mwi-, mwe-
2 people wa-, w- wa- wa- wa wa-, we-, we-
3 tree m- u- wa m-, mwi-, mwe-
4 trees mi- i- ya mi-, mi-, mye-
5 group, AUG ji-/Ø, j- li- la ji-/Ø, ji-, je-
6 groups, AUG ma- ya- ya ma-, me-, me-
7 tool, DIM ki-, ch- ki- cha ki-, ki-, che-
8 tools, DIM vi-, vy- vi- vya vi-, vi-, vye-
9 animals, 'other',
loanwords
N- i- ya N-, nyi-, nye-
10 zi- za
11 extension u-, w-/uw- u- wa m-, mwi-, mwe-
10 (plural of 11) N- zi- za N-, nyi-, nye-
14 abstraction u-, w-/uw- u- wa m-, mwi-, mwe-
or u-, wi-, we-
15 infinitives ku-, kw-[* 2] ku- kwa- ku-, kwi-, kwe-
16 position -ni, mahali pa- pa pa-, pe-, pe-
17 direction, around -ni ku- kwa ku-, kwi-, kwe-
18 within, along -ni mu- mwa mu-, mwi-, mwe-
  1. ^ Most Swahili adjectives begin with either a consonant or the vowels i- or e-, listed separately above. The few adjectives beginning with other vowels do not agree with all noun classes since some are restricted to humans. NC 1 m(w)- is mw- before a and o, and reduces to m- before u; wa- does not change; and ki-, vi-, mi- become ch-, vy-, my- before o but not before u: mwanana, waanana "gentle", mwororo, waororo, myororo, chororo, vyororo "mild, yielding", mume, waume, kiume, viume "male".
  2. ^ In a few verbs: kwenda, kwisha

Dialects and closely related languages

This list is based Swahili and Sabaki: a linguistic history.

Dialects

Modern standard Swahili is based on Kiunguja, the dialect spoken in Zanzibar Town, but there are numerous dialects of Swahili, some of which are mutually unintelligible, such as the following:[37]

Old dialects

Maho (2009) considers these to be distinct languages:

  • Kimwani is spoken in the Kerimba Islands and northern coastal Mozambique.
  • Chimwiini is spoken by the ethnic minorities in and around the town of Barawa on the southern coast of Somalia.
  • Kibajuni is spoken by the Bajuni minority ethnic group on the coast and islands on both sides of the Somali–Kenyan border and in the Bajuni Islands (the northern part of the Lamu archipelago) and is also called Kitikuu and Kigunya.
  • Socotra Swahili (extinct)
  • Sidi, in Gujarat (extinct)

The rest of the dialects are divided by him into two groups:

  • Mombasa–Lamu Swahili
    • Lamu
      • Kiamu is spoken in and around the island of Lamu (Amu).
      • Kipate is local dialect of Pate Island, considered to be closest to the original dialect of Kingozi.
      • Kingozi is an ancient dialect spoken on the Indian Ocean coast between Lamu and Somalia and is sometimes still used in poetry. It is often considered the source of Swahili.
    • Mombasa
      • Chijomvu is a subdialect of the Mombasa area.
      • Kimvita is the major dialect of Mombasa (also known as "Mvita", which means "war", in reference to the many wars which were fought over it), the other major dialect alongside Kiunguja.
      • Kingare is the subdialect of the Mombasa area.
    • Kimrima is spoken around Pangani, Vanga, Dar es Salaam, Rufiji and Mafia Island.
    • Kiunguja is spoken in Zanzibar City and environs on Unguja (Zanzibar) Island. Kitumbatu (Pemba) dialects occupy the bulk of the island.
    • Mambrui, Malindi
    • Chichifundi, a dialect of the southern Kenya coast.
    • Chwaka
    • Kivumba, a dialect of the southern Kenya coast.
    • Nosse Be (Madagascar)
  • Pemba Swahili
    • Kipemba is a local dialect of the Pemba Island.
    • Kitumbatu and Kimakunduchi are the countryside dialects of the island of Zanzibar. Kimakunduchi is a recent renaming of "Kihadimu"; the old name means "serf" and so is considered pejorative.
    • Makunduchi
    • Mafia, Mbwera
    • Kilwa (extinct)
    • Kimgao used to be spoken around Kilwa District and to the south.

Maho includes the various Comorian dialects as a third group. Most other authorities consider Comorian to be a Sabaki language, distinct from Swahili.[38]

Other regions

In Somalia, where the Afroasiatic Somali language predominates, a variant of Swahili referred to as Chimwiini (also known as Chimbalazi) is spoken along the Benadir coast by the Bravanese people.[39] Another Swahili dialect known as Kibajuni also serves as the mother tongue of the Bajuni minority ethnic group, which lives in the tiny Bajuni Islands as well as the southern Kismayo region.[39][40]

In Oman, an estimated 22,000 people speak Swahili.[41] Most are descendants of those repatriated after the fall of the Sultanate of Zanzibar.[42][43]

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Thomas J. Hinnebusch, 1992, "Swahili", International Encyclopedia of Linguistics, Oxford, pp. 99–106
    David Dalby, 1999/2000, The Linguasphere Register of the World's Languages and Speech Communities, Linguasphere Press, Volume Two, pp. 733–735
    Benji Wald, 1994, "Sub-Saharan Africa", Atlas of the World's Languages, Routledge, pp. 289–346, maps 80, 81, 85
  2. ^ a b c "HOME - Home". Swahililanguage.stanford.edu. Retrieved 19 July 2016. After Arabic, Swahili is the most widely used African language but the number of its speakers is another area in which there is little agreement. The most commonly mentioned numbers are 50, 80, and 100 million people. [...] The number of its native speakers has been placed at just under 2 million. 
  3. ^ Hinnebusch, Thomas J. (2003). "Swahili". In William J. Frawley. International Encyclopedia of Linguistics (2 ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press. (Subscription required (help)). First-language (L1) speakers of Swahili, who probably number no more than two million [...] 
  4. ^ Swahili at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
    Congo Swahili at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
    Coastal Swahili at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
    Makwe at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
    Mwani at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  5. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Swahili (G.40)". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  6. ^ Jouni Filip Maho, 2009. New Updated Guthrie List Online
  7. ^ a b http://aboutworldlanguages.com/Swahili
  8. ^ Prins 1961
  9. ^ Nurse and Hinnebusch, 1993, p.18
  10. ^ Karanja, Peter N. (2012). "Kiswahili Dialects Endangered: The Case of Kiamu and Kimvita" (PDF). International Journal of Humanities and Social Science: 95–117. 
  11. ^ Nurse and Hinnebusch, 1993
  12. ^ http://www.eac.int/treaty/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=206&Itemid=331
  13. ^ The Routledge Concise Compendium of the World's Languages (2nd ed.), George L. Campbell and Gareth King. Routledge (2011), p. 678. ISBN 978-0-415-47841-0
  14. ^ Derek Nurse, Thomas J. Hinnebusch, Gérard Philippson. 1993. Swahili and Sabaki: A Linguistic History. University of California Press
  15. ^ Derek Nurse, Thomas T. Spear. 1985. The Swahili: Reconstructing the History and Language of an African Society, 800-1500. University of Pennsylvania Press
  16. ^ Thomas Spear. 2000. Early Swahili History Reconsidered. The International Journal of African Historical Studies, Vol. 33, No. 2, pp. 257-290
  17. ^ Juma, Abdurahman. "Swahili history". www.glcom.com. Retrieved 2017-09-30. 
  18. ^ E. A. Alpers, Ivory and Slaves in East Central Africa, London, 1975.., pp. 98–99 ; T. Vernet, "Les cités-Etats swahili et la puissance omanaise (1650–1720), Journal des Africanistes, 72(2), 2002, pp. 102–105.
  19. ^ "Baba yetu". Wikisource. Retrieved 15 November 2015. 
  20. ^ http://www.swahilihub.com/JifunzeKiswahili/-/1306806/1333292/-/jbyx02z/-/index.html
  21. ^ Mdee, James S. (1999). "Dictionaries and the Standardization of Spelling in Swahili". Lexikos. pp. 126–7. Retrieved 2 June 2017. 
  22. ^ Wanambisi, Laban (5 December 2016). "International schools must teach Kiswahili, Kenya's history – Matiang'i". Capital News. Retrieved 8 December 2016. 
  23. ^ Nurse & Thomas Spear (1985) The Swahili
  24. ^ Kharusi, N. S. (2012). "The ethnic label Zinjibari: Politics and language choice implications among Swahili speakers in Oman". Ethnicities. 12 (3): 335–353. doi:10.1177/1468796811432681. 
  25. ^ Adriaan Hendrik Johan Prins (1961) The Swahili-speaking Peoples of Zanzibar and the East African Coast. (Ethnologue)
  26. ^ Brock-Utne 2001: 123
  27. ^ Kambale, Juakali (10 August 2004). "DRC welcomes Swahili as an official AU language". Mail & Guardian. Retrieved 8 September 2009. 
  28. ^ (2005 World Bank Data).
  29. ^ "BBC - Languages - Swahili - A Guide to Swahili - 10 facts about the Swahili language". Retrieved 2017-09-30. 
  30. ^ "Swahili alphabet, pronunciation and language". 
  31. ^ "Swahili | About World Languages". aboutworldlanguages.com. Retrieved 2017-09-30. 
  32. ^ Modern Swahili Grammar East African Publishers, 2001 Mohamed Abdulla Mohamed p. 4
  33. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/other/swahili/guide/alphabet.shtml
  34. ^ Jan Knappert (1971) Swahili Islamic poetry, Volume 1
  35. ^ See Contini-Morava for details.
  36. ^ Kamil Ud Deen, 2005. The acquisition of Swahili.
  37. ^ H.E.Lambert 1956, 1957, 1958
  38. ^ Derek Nurse; Thomas Spear; Thomas T. Spear. The Swahili: Reconstructing the History and Language of an African Society, 800-1500. p. 65. 
  39. ^ a b "Somalia". Ethnologue. 1999-02-19. Retrieved 2015-11-15. 
  40. ^ Mwakikagile, Godfrey (2007). Kenya: identity of a nation. New Africa Press. p. 102. ISBN 0-9802587-9-0. 
  41. ^ "Oman". Ethnologue. 1999-02-19. Retrieved 2015-11-15. 
  42. ^ Fuchs, Martina (2011-10-05). "African Swahili music lives on in Oman". Reuters. Retrieved 2015-11-15. 
  43. ^ Beate Ursula Josephi, Journalism education in countries with limited media freedom, Volume 1 of Mass Communication and Journalism, (Peter Lang: 2010), p.96.

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