Dictionary of Ila Usage: 1860-1960 D.G. Fowler

ISBN: 9783825847678

Published: December 1st 2000


900 pages


Dictionary of Ila Usage: 1860-1960  by  D.G. Fowler

Dictionary of Ila Usage: 1860-1960 by D.G. Fowler
December 1st 2000 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 900 pages | ISBN: 9783825847678 | 6.56 Mb

This book is based on material collected by missionaries at Kasenga Mission in Zambia. Edwin Smith began in 1901 to note each new Ila word, together with illustrative sentences dictated by his Ila informants.

Later missionaries continued this practice, so that in 1959 the author found a mass of over 12,000 items already collected. As the largest body of Ila ever assembled, the dictionary offers much of interest in several fields.

The language has a consistent agglutinative structure of great sophistication, logical as Latin, flexible as Greek. The speakers reveal not merely the preoccupations of daily existence in Ila villages a century ago, but an outlook both sensitive and wryly humourous. Feared in battle, fearful of spirits, revering God- hunters of lion and buffalo, polygamous, romantic, ribald in mens company, but highly proper in womens, tender towards children, with a high regard for the arts of hospitality, conversation, and love, the Baila spring with verve from these pages.

Appendices list nearly 2,000 synonyms, 276 proverbs, l64 metaphors, 216 customs, 400 trees with their medicinal uses, 290 plants, 150 birds, and grammatical tables.

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