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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There’s a massive lack of interest in Sub-Saharan Africa here. Ikirundi n’ikinyarwanda bisa nk’igi czek n’igi slovak. I’m unlikely to visit either anytime soon, though, so I haven’t put any effort into learning the language. 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.

Kirundi-English, English-Kirundi Dictionaries

I thought that with Rwanda and Burundi being further away from the coast, their language wouldn’t have so much obvious influence from Arabic. Some authors have expanded these more complex features of the tonal system noting that such properties are highly unusual for a tone system. This article contains IPA phonetic symbols. Narrow Bantu languages by Guthrie classification. English Swahili Ugandan Sign Language. G11 Gogo G12 Kaguru.

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. The languages are not that hard to learn and I have learned complicated languages than those two German.


What tips can you offer a potential learner? Although the literature on Rundi agrees on 5 vowels, the number of consonants can vary anywhere from 19 to 26 consonants. Syllable structure in Rundi is considered to be CV, that is having no clusters, no coda consonants, and no complex vowel nuclei.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. F11 Tongwe F12 Bende.

Wow, it looks like we’ve finally found the language that’s too obscure or too harrowing even for UniLang! From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. To really learn a language you must discuss with someone who speaks it that way your improve your accent. The inhabitants of Rwanda and Burundi belong to several different ethnic groups: Who is online Users browsing this forum: HutuTutsiand Twa.

I’m interested in looking at more Bantu languages now that I have some grasp on Swahili. Without proper rendering supportyou may see question marks, boxes, or other symbols instead of Unicode characters.

F10 F11 Tongwe F12 Bende. Do you have any links? Languages of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Rundi is a tonal language. Other than a little interest in the most “obscure” or linguistically interesting languages, it’s pretty euro-centric.

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G10 G11 Gogo G12 Kaguru. Rundi and Rwanda are closely related like Czech and Slovak. There are two essential tones in Rundi: The distinction kitundi phonemic.


David Zorc and Louise Nibagwire’s ” Kinyarwanda and Kirundi Comparative Grammar ” published in by Dunwoody Pressand would like to start a discussion on this dialect continuum of Central Africa.

Kongo Kituba Lingala Swahili Tshiluba. Neighbouring dialects of Kirundi are mutually intelligible with Haa language spoken in western Tanzania. 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.

Kirundi is natively spoken by the Hutu, although the other ethnic groups present in the country such as Tutsi, Twa and Hima among others have adopted the language.

What resources did you use? Retrieved from ” https: Francophone African Sign Language. Wow, I like that.

How far did you get? G51 Pogolo G52 Ndamba. Eleanor Roosevelt once said, ” The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. H41 Mbala H42 Hunganna.

The Guthrie classification is geographic and its groupings do not imply a relationship between the languages within them. For a guide to IPA symbols, see Help: Meeussen described this harmony in his essay and it is investigated further by others. The only problem is that I don’t like tones, but yeh I’d be interested in comparing Bantu languages.