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Title:Segeju and Daisu: A Case Study of Evidence from Oral Tradition and Comparative Linguistics
Author:Nurse, Derek
Periodical:History in Africa
Geographic terms:Kenya
African languages
ethnic groups
Education and Oral Traditions
History and Exploration
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/3171605
Abstract:The history of 'the' Segeju has been the subject of lengthy published debate. The discussion has been based almost entirely on interpretation of oral traditions as recounted by Gegeju informants to various scholars. This study tries to resolve some of the issues in the controversy surrounding the status of the Segeju and their language which is today a linguistic member of the MK. (Hijikenda) dialects. This is done by: a) making a clear linguistic statement of the genetic position of Segeju, and then of Daisu since Daisu (part of the Thagicu group: Kazaba and Meru) is central to any understanding of Segeju, b) adducing, mainly lexically, evidence for the various contacts undergone by Segeju and Daisu in the last few centuries. The study is intended as a methodological experiment in that it juxtaposes evidence from two disciplines, oral tradition and historical linguistics. App., map, notes.