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Swahili Language and Literature   Tags: african languages, african studies, east african studies, kiswahili, swahili  

This guide is intended to provide a selection of useful print and electronic resources for the study of Swahili language, literature, and culture.
Last Updated: Jun 24, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Google Swahili

  • Google Swahili Search
    Tafuta kwa Kiswahili! Search Swahili words and phrases on the Internet to find vocabularies, images, places, individuals, and much more!

Introductory Notes

  • Swahili : Language Profile
    An informative and authoritative introduction to Swahili language and culture, created by the UCLA Language Materials Project. Includes estimated number of speakers, general information, dialects, orthography, linguistic summary and affiliation, role of Swahili in society, history, and bibliographic references. Also included is a map showing the area of eastern African where Swahili is spoken.
  • Swahili (information provided by the National African Language Resource Center (NALRC))
    Introductory notes on 1: Why study Swahili?, 2: Who speaks Swahili? -- peoples and history, and 3) Language and culture. Explains the difference in usage of Swahili and Kiswahili.
  • Ethnologue : Swahili
    Ethnologue provides useful information on various languages of the world, including language profiles, dialects, location of speakers and maps, statistics on number of speakers, and bibliography of language resources online and in print.

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