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The Making of a Mixed Language. The Case of Ma'a/ Mbugu

Mous, Maarten

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ISBN 10: 1588114899 / ISBN 13: 9781588114891
Published by John Benjamins, Amsterdam, 2003
Condition: As New Hardcover
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first edition, brand new in shrink wrap; Creole Language Library Volume 26; covers are akin to those of the Creole Language Library's companion Journal of Pidgin and Creole Languages whose covers were designed by Marius van Leeuwen, reminiscent of Escher -- yellow covers with gray and black lettering, and gray and white crinkle design, John Benjamins' logo on the spine; 8vo - 8 7/8 inches tall, 322 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 000354

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Title: The Making of a Mixed Language. The Case of ...

Publisher: John Benjamins, Amsterdam

Publication Date: 2003

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Edition: First Edition

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The Mbugu (or Ma') language (Tanzania) is one of the few genuine mixed languages, reputedly combining Bantu grammar with Cushitic vocabulary. In fact the people speak two languages: one mixed and one closely related to the Bantu language Pare. This book is the first comprehensive description of these languages. It shows that these two languages share one grammar while their lexicon is parallel. In the distant past the people shifted from a Cushitic to a Bantu language and in the process rebuilt a language of their own that expresses their separate ethnic identity in a Bantu environment. This linguistic history is explained in the context of the intricate history of the people. The discussion of the processes that were involved in the formation of Ma'a/Mbugu is extremely relevant for both creole studies and for contact linguistics in general.

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