Get this from a library! Kirundi grammar: book II. [Betty Ellen Cox]. From to Elizabeth “Betty” Ellen Cox served as a missionary to equatorial Africa working for the General Missionary Board of the Free Methodist . Dictionary: Kirundi-English, English-Kirundi by. Elizabeth E. Cox be necessary to turn to the Kirundi-English section. N.B. .. interrogative (grammar) ku – bā ta.

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It’s not that surprising.

I’m interested in looking at more Bantu languages now that I have some grasp on Swahili. Narrow Bantu languages by Guthrie classification. Kirundi is natively spoken by the Hutu, although the other ethnic groups present in the country such as Tutsi, Twa and Hima among others have adopted the language.

Kirundi[5] [6] also known as Rundi[2] [7] [8] [9] is a Bantu language spoken by 9 million people in Burundi and adjacent parts of Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of the Congoas well as in Uganda. Syllable structure in Rundi is considered to be CV, that is having no clusters, no coda consonants, and no complex vowel nuclei.

G11 Gogo G12 Kaguru. Rundi is often used in phonology to illustrate examples of Meeussen’s rule [15] [16] In addition, it has been proposed that tones can shift by a metrical or rhythmic structure. Without proper rendering supportyou may see question marks, boxes, or other symbols instead of Unicode characters.

Rundi and Rwanda are closely related like Czech and Slovak. I’m so jealous, whenever he speaks it to his dad or grandmother it sounds so awesome. Languages of the World 20th ed.

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Kirundi-English, English-Kirundi Dictionaries

F10 F11 Tongwe F12 Bende. It has been proposed that sequences that are CVV in the surface realization are actually CV in the underlying deep structurewith the consonant coalescing with the first vowel.

G10 G11 Gogo G12 Kaguru. G51 Pogolo G52 Ndamba. I thought that with Rwanda and Burundi being further away from the coast, their language wouldn’t have so much obvious influence from Arabic. It looks difficult but I’d certainly be up for the challenge if there were just more resources. Some authors have expanded these more complex features of the tonal system noting that such properties are highly unusual for a tone system.

Eleanor Roosevelt once said, ” The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. Rundi has been shown to have properties of consonant harmony particularly when it comes to sibilants. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Languages of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

How far did you get? Although the literature on Rundi agrees on 5 vowels, the number of consonants can vary anywhere from 19 to 26 consonants.

The only problem is that I don’t like tones, but yeh I’d be interested rgammar comparing Bantu languages. For a guide to IPA symbols, see Help: Rundi is a tonal language.

Wow, it looks like we’ve finally found the language that’s too obscure or too harrowing even for UniLang! F11 Tongwe F12 Bende.

H41 Mbala H42 Hunganna. To really learn a language you must discuss with someone who speaks it that way your improve your accent.

The inhabitants of Rwanda and Burundi belong to several different ethnic groups: No registered users and 1 guest. HutuTutsiand Twa.

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Kirundi – Wikipedia

Francophone African Sign Language. All five vowels occur in long and short forms. Rundi edition of Wikipediathe free encyclopedia. Retrieved from ” https: What resources did you use? Neighbouring dialects of Kirundi are mutually intelligible with Haa language spoken in western Tanzania. Meeussen described this harmony in his essay and it is investigated further by others. Kongo Kituba Lingala Swahili Tshiluba. Views Read Edit View history. Who is online Users browsing this forum: What tips can you offer a potential learner?

Looking at the Kimenyi text, it’s interesting to see how some of the vocabulary resembles Swahili-Arabic vocabulary. Somali, Kinyarwanda – Interested in: By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

French, Arabic – Beginner: This page was gramnar edited on 10 Grqmmarat I’m unlikely to visit either anytime soon, though, so I haven’t put any effort into learning the language. Since Rundi has phonemic distinction on vowel length, when a long vowel changes from a low tone to a high tone it is marked as a rising tone. Kirundi is mutually intelligible with Kinyarwandaan official language of Rwandaand the two form part of the wider dialect continuum known as Rwanda-Rundi.

Ikirundi n’ikinyarwanda bisa nk’igi czek n’igi slovak. Other than a little interest in the most “obscure” or linguistically interesting languages, it’s pretty euro-centric.