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Title:A first look at the Hombori dialect of the Songhay language
Author:Eguchi, Paul KazuhisaISNI
Year:1973
Periodical:Kyoto University African Studies
Volume:8
Pages:233-244
Language:English
Geographic term:Mali
Subject:Hombori dialect
Abstract:The research for this article was done on January 14, 1968, at Hombori in the Republic of Mali. The Songhay language has been described by Father A. Prost (Mémoires de l'I.F.A.N. vol. 47). From 1950 to 1952 he travelled throughout almost the entire Songhay domain, but he did not, however, go to Hombori. According to Prost, the estimated Songhay population in the Hombori district was 8.000, speaking a Gao dialect. Prost never gave any evidence to these contentions. The Hombori district in fact shows a sharp contrast to the other Songhay regions and its dialect is set apart geographically from the other dialects. In order to find some clue to its genealogy the author entered Hombori region. This paper presents the phonological system and fundamental vocabulary of the Hombori dialect, and provides material that might contribute to the study of the Songhay dialectology. Sections: Introduction - An outline of the Hombori phonology - A fundamental vocabulary of the Hombori dialect.
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