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Title:Empaako: an agent of social harmony in Runyoro/Rutooro
Author:Byakutaaga, S.C.
Periodical:Afrikanistische Arbeitspapiere: Schriftenreihe des Kölner Instituts für Afrikanistik
Geographic term:Uganda
Abstract:This is a descriptive analysis of the roles and functions of 'Empaako' (a type of personal name) in Runyoro/Rutooro, a Bantu language spoken in western Uganda. 'Empaako' is a general term referring to a special type of personal name used in specific situations such as in greeting, thanking, farewells, praising, requesting and others. Using linguistic and historical evidence, the author traces the origin of 'Empaako' to the Luo languages spoken in northern Uganda. She further shows that the usage of 'Empaako' as a form of address is status-based similar to that of the Western European languages. The 'Empaako' plays an important role in the social life of the Nyoro and Tooro. It is used to show solidarity, love, intimacy, politeness, respect and all other aspects of civility. The 'Empaako' creates social harmony in this society. Bibliogr., notes.