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Title:The linguistic creativity of Haya personal names
Author:Rubanza, Y.I.
Year:2000
Periodical:Kiswahili
Volume:63
Pages:11-22
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Tanzania
East Africa
Subjects:Haya
personal names
language
linguistics
names
Haya (African people)
Abstract:Based on research conducted in Bukoba District (Tanzania), this article explores the linguistic creativity used in Haya personal names. The article first sets out the goals of the study and outlines the methods used in collecting the data. It then analyses the linguistic creativity observed in names and naming processes in Haya. The article finally compares the naming practices of the Yoruba and the Haya. Although these two societies are neither geographically related nor share any established historical relationships, they still show comparable methods used in personal naming. Such parallelism cannot be explained in certain terms, although current linguistic theory maintains that there are grammatical principles and tendencies shared by all human languages. Nevertheless, the author cannot emphatically confirm this idea, because the study was limited to one language and the result, therefore, must not be overgeneralized. Bibliogr. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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