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

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The languages are not that hard to learn and I have learned complicated languages than those two German. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Rundi is a tonal language. The Guthrie classification is geographic and its groupings do not imply a relationship between the languages within kirundu. When a long vowel changes from a high tone to a low tone, it is marked as a falling tone.

It is the official language of Burundi. Ikirundi n’ikinyarwanda bisa nk’igi czek n’igi slovak. Meeussen described this harmony in his essay and it is investigated further by others.

How far did you get? Without proper rendering supportkirunfi may see question marks, boxes, or other symbols instead of Unicode characters. Wow, I like that.

Some authors have expanded these more complex features of the tonal system noting that such properties are highly unusual for a tone system. G51 Pogolo G52 Ndamba. Rundi has been shown to have properties of consonant harmony particularly when it comes to sibilants. Looking at the Kimenyi text, it’s interesting to see how some of the vocabulary resembles Swahili-Arabic vocabulary. It’s not that surprising. 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.


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. Francophone African Sign Language. 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.

Rundi and Rwanda are closely related like Czech and Slovak. No registered users and 1 guest. Views Read Edit View history. The only problem is that I don’t like tones, but yeh I’d be interested in comparing Bantu languages. The inhabitants of Rwanda and Burundi belong to several different ethnic groups: By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Languages of the World 20th ed. To really learn a language you must discuss with someone who speaks it that way your improve your accent. Kirundi is mutually intelligible with Kinyarwandaan official language of Rwandaand the two form part of the wider dialect continuum known as Rwanda-Rundi. Tone can be a pain. Eleanor Roosevelt once said, ” The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.

For a guide to IPA symbols, see Help: Other than a little interest in the most “obscure” kirunndi linguistically interesting languages, it’s pretty euro-centric. Rundi edition of Wikipediathe free encyclopedia. I’m interested in looking at more Bantu languages now that I have some grasp on Swahili.


G11 Gogo G12 Kaguru. 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.

David Zorc and Louise Nibagwire’s ” Kinyarwanda and Kirundi Comparative Grammar ” published in grammat Dunwoody Pressand would like to start a discussion on this dialect continuum of Central Africa. Although the literature on Rundi agrees on 5 vowels, the number of consonants can vary anywhere from 19 to 26 consonants. What tips can you offer a potential learner?

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HutuTutsiand Twa. French, Arabic – Beginner: F10 F11 Tongwe F12 Bende. The next question is whether this influence came directly from Arab traders or whether it’s come from Swahili. Retrieved from ” https: This article contains IPA phonetic symbols.

Somali, Kinyarwanda – Interested in: This page was last edited on 10 Decemberat There are two essential tones in Rundi: H41 Mbala H42 Kirrundi.