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Thread #79655   Message #1445697
Posted By: GUEST,Azizi
29-Mar-05 - 12:33 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Bantu Original Words to 'Somagwaza'
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Bantu Original Words to 'Somagwaza'
I'd like to call particular attention to this passage from the Alice Werner book:

"It may not be superfluous to point out that the person-class in the Bantu languages has, in the singular, the prefix mu- (sometimes umu- or omu-, and sometimes shortened into m-) and, in the plural, ba- (aba-, va-, ova-, a-). The prefix ama- or ma-, sometimes found with tribal names, belongs to a different class. It is probably a plural of multitude (or 'collective plural'), which has displaced the ordinary form."

This is consistent with Jahn's information on the Muntu and Bantu categories that I posted earlier.

BTW, I probably should have given the link to the Werner book a different name as that website/book is much more about Bantu cultures than it is about the term 'Bantu'.

And by "Bantu cultures" I mean the cultures of the Bantu speaking peoples of South Africa who migrated there whenever from wherever..[after I read this and other texts "I'll understand it better by and by"