Author : Dennis G. Fowler
Publisher : LIT Verlag Münster
ISBN 13 : 9783825847678
Total Pages : 882 pages
Book Rating : 4.8/5 (675 download)
Book Synopsis A Dictionary of Ila Usage, 1860-1960 by : Dennis G. Fowler
Download or read book A Dictionary of Ila Usage, 1860-1960 by Dennis G. Fowler and published by LIT Verlag Münster. This book was released on 2000 with total page 882 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. 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 men's company, but highly proper in women's, 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.