Kinyarwanda and Kirundi Names: A Semiolinguistic Analysis of Bantu Onomastics

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14+192 pages, index, references, glossary of names and their meanings in English: the first study of names from Rwanda & Burundi with their meanings, structure & history and ... above all their role, like verbal art, as an independent discourse with their own proper rules; hardback, vg+, as issued without dw RARE. *****PLEASE NOTE: This item is shipping from an authorized seller in Europe. In the event that a return is necessary, you will be able to return your item within the US. To learn more about our European sellers and policies see the BookQuest FAQ section***** Read more Show Less

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  • ISBN-13: 9780889461857
  • Publisher: Mellen, Edwin Press, The
  • Publication date: 1/1/1989
  • Series: African Studies , #7
  • Pages: 208

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2000

    'Kinyarwanda and Kirundi Names': A Review

    Dr. Kimenyi uses academic application to prove his point that the study of names is a crucial aspect of understanding African society. Thorough explanations are accorded the personal as well as some place names of the Hutu, Tutsi, and Twa peoples of eastern and central Africa. Kimenyi ventures deep into the linguistics.This, to some extent, renders the book as very academic. Kimenyi exemplifies how the names get to be structured, including the prefixes used to form gender-specific names. Relationships of names to such aspects as war, clanship, proverbs, poetry, praises, royalty, and social class is examined. And the reader gets to absorb so much about the much highlighted issue of friction versus harmony between the ethnic groups. The main shortcoming of this master volume is the poor editing, illustrated by several typographical errors and unnecessary repetition.

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