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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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Some authors have expanded these more complex features of the tonal system noting that such properties are highly unusual for a tone system. It looks difficult but I’d certainly be up for the challenge if there were just more resources.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Syllable structure in Rundi is considered to be CV, that is having no clusters, no coda consonants, and no complex vowel nuclei. The apparent lack of interest on UniLang is quite understandable in light of the mind-boggling difficulty of this Bantu supra-language.

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.


Rundi is a tonal language. Views Read Edit View history.

Kirundi-English, English-Kirundi Dictionaries

It’s not that surprising. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

HutuTutsiand Twa. All five vowels occur in long and short forms. Francophone African Sign Language.

This article contains IPA phonetic symbols. I’m so jealous, whenever he speaks it to his dad or grandmother it sounds so awesome.

English Swahili Ugandan Sign Language. H41 Mbala H42 Hunganna.

Kirundi is mutually intelligible with Kinyarwandaan official language of Rwandaand the two form part of the wider dialect continuum known as Rwanda-Rundi. Rundi and Rwanda are closely related like Czech and Slovak. The languages are not that hard to learn and I have learned complicated languages than those two German. Retrieved from ” https: It grammar 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.

I’m unlikely to visit either anytime soon, though, so I haven’t put any effort into learning the language. Wow, I like that.

For a guide to IPA symbols, see Help: The Guthrie classification is geographic and its groupings do not imply a relationship between the languages within them. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.


Kirundi – Wikipedia

I thought that with Rwanda and Burundi being further away from the coast, their language wouldn’t have so much obvious influence from Arabic. This page was last edited on 10 Decemberat Rundi edition kjrundi Wikipediathe free encyclopedia. The inhabitants of Rwanda and Burundi belong to several different ethnic groups: Narrow Bantu languages by Guthrie classification. The next question is whether this influence came directly from Arab traders or whether it’s come from Swahili.

Languages of the World 20th ed. Wow, it looks like we’ve finally found the language that’s too obscure or too harrowing even for UniLang!

Tone can be a pain.

Somali, Kinyarwanda – Interested in: G10 G11 Gogo G12 Kaguru. Rundi has been shown to have gramkar of consonant harmony particularly when it comes to sibilants. Ikirundi n’ikinyarwanda bisa nk’igi czek n’igi slovak.

When a long vowel changes from a high tone to a low tone, it is marked as a falling tone.