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From: Daniel Davies < ddavies at cambridge.org >
Subject: A Grammar of the Somali Language: Kirk
 

	
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Subject: A Grammar of the Somali Language: Kirk

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Title: A Grammar of the Somali Language 
Subtitle: With Examples in Prose and Verse, and an Account of the Yibir and Midgan
Dialects
 
Series Title: Cambridge Library Collection - Linguistics  

Publication Year: 2010 
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
	   http://us.cambridge.org
	

Book URL: http://www.cambridge.org/catalogue/catalogue.asp?isbn=9781108013260 


Author: J. W. C. Kirk

Paperback: ISBN:  9781108013260 Pages: 236 Price: U.K. £ 14.99


Abstract:

Somali is one of the Cushitic family of languages spoken in the horn of Africa 
and the official language of Somalia. This practical grammar, published in 
1905, was prepared by J. W. C. Kirk, who first learnt to speak the language 
during his service with Somali troops during the British Empire's failed 
attempt in 1902-1904 to wrest control of the region from the Dervish state 
under Muhammad Abdullah Hassan. His unique knowledge of the interior of 
the country and the different tribes making up the population meant that Kirk's 
insights were invaluable in advancing scholarly knowledge in the West. 
Perhaps as importantly, Kirk also records a number of literary examples with 
his translations of Somali stories and songs. Another appendix explores the 
dialects of the Midgan (or Madhiban) and Yibir, both minority tribes who kept 
their languages secret from mainstream Somali society. 



Contents

Preface; 
Part I. Orthography; 
Part II. Accidence; 
Part III. Syntax of Simple Sentences; 
Part IV. Syntax of Compound Sentences; 
Examples of prose and verse; 
The dialects of the outcast tribes, Midgan and Yibir; 
Index. 


Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation
                     Syntax

Subject Language(s): Somali (som)


Written In: English  (eng)
	
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