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Title:On the influence of local languages on Kiswahili: the case of Mara Region in Tanzania
Author:Massamba, D.P.B.ISNI
Geographic term:Tanzania
Subjects:language change
Swahili language
Abstract:Mara Region in Tanzania was one of the places which did not experience Arab slave trade and where consequently the Islamic religion came much later. The first people that can seriously be considered as having contributed to the spread of Kiswahili in this area were the missionaries. The author examines the influences the local languages have had on Kiswahili, notably on the non-standard variety as spoken in Musoma urban area. He identifies three major kinds of interferences, namely phonological, lexical and grammatical. Each of these interferences affects Kiswahili in its own way. Phonological interferences tend to affect the phonological and semantic (or lexical) structure of the language; lexical interferences tend to enrich and broaden the lexical scope of the Kiswahili language on the one hand, while on the other hand they tend to trigger dialect formation; grammatical interferences tend to lean more towards dialect formation. Bibliogr., notes, ref.