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Excerpt from Living Speech in Central and South Africa: An Essay Introductory to the Bantu of LanguagesThis Essay, it is hoped, may serve to interest the general reader in a subject of some importance in its bearing on the future of Central andMoreExcerpt from Living Speech in Central and South Africa: An Essay Introductory to the Bantu of LanguagesThis Essay, it is hoped, may serve to interest the general reader in a subject of some importance in its bearing on the future of Central and South Africa, to invite the attention of students of Language to a form of it which seems to deserve more study than it at present receives, and to appeal to all acquainted with Bantu in any one of its many dialects to compare the statements here made with the facts known to themselves. In the end it may be that justice will be done to a subject, which if only from a geographical point of view has some claim to be called a great one.This threefold purpose has involved some difficulty of treatment, and will lead to criticism in details. For instance, Bantu words have been only sparingly introduced for purposes of illustration. The first class of readers would probably pass them over, the second might well expect more, the third will have a stock of their own to refer to. But the consequence is that much here stated will seem to have little to support it. The fact is, that the subject of each chapter, even of many single paragraphs, requires a whole treatise for its separate elucidation, and a single Essay could in no case adequately represent the total bulk of literature on Bantu subjects, which is large, scattered, and often difficult to find.Here it will be enough to say briefly that the dialects best known, though at best imperfectly known, to the writer are - the Swahili of Zanzibar and sundry dialects of the East Coast, Nyasaland, and Northern Rhodesia, and that the books at hand for further information and reference have been but few.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully- any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.