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This Swahili language page is presented as an additional supplement for Linguistic Anthropology General Resources.

Dialects __ "Since colonial times, circa 1870 to 1960 and into the present time, Kiunguja, the Zanzibar dialect of Swahili, has become the basis of Standard Swahili as used in East Africa. Nevertheless Swahili encompasses more than fifteen distinct dialects..." An encyclopedic article with links to related materials. - From wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swahili#Dialects


Ethnologue report for language code: swh __ General look at the Swahili language with some statistics. - From ethnologue.com - http://www.ethnologue.com/show_language.asp?code=swh

Introduction to Swahili __ "Swahili is a derivative of the Bantu language and remains loyal to Bantu grammar, however its vocabulary has been influenced by Arabic (through culture and trade) and more recently by English (through technology). The word Swahili comes from the Arabic word for coast, since the language developed along the East African coast where several distinctive dialects still remain. Swahili has been described as "One of the twelve great languages of the world" and is spoken by millions of people in Central and Eastern Africa." this plus a lot more. - From Jeremy Youngman - http://www.masai-mara.com/mmsw2.htm 

The Kamusi Project Internet Living Swahili Dictionary __ English to Swahili and Swahili to English. Learn about this enormous project. - From yale.edu - http://www.yale.edu/swahili/ 
Kiswahili for Travelers __ Basic phrases for use when traveling including basic words, numbers, time, etc. - From Travlang Online, Inc - http://www.travlang.com/languages/cgi-bin/langchoice.cgi?lang1=english&lang2=swahili&page=main 



Noun Classification in Swahili __ "This is a report on a two-phase study of the semantics and syntax of noun classification in Swahili. Phase I, the topic of the present paper, is an investigation of the semantic structure of the noun classes, from a cognitive-semantic perspective." read the full paper. - From Ellen Contini-Morava/University of Virginia - http://www3.iath.virginia.edu/swahili/swahili.html 


Online English to Swahili to English Dictionary __ Online English to Swahili to English Dictionary - From freedict.com - http://www.freedict.com/onldict/swa.html


Origins of Swahili; Who Speaks Swahili; Language Schools; Swahili Media __ You will find an article and many resources. - From about.com - http://goafrica.about.com/od/peopleandculture/a/swahili_2.htm


Say Hello in Swahili __ Kids can say hello to the world in Swahili, then scroll down the page to find many more resources. - From KidSpace the Internet Public Library - http://www.ipl.org/youth/hello/swahili.html


Swahili alphabet, pronunciation and language __ "Swahili is a Bantu language spoken by about 35 million people in Tanzania, Burundi, Congo (Kinshasa) Kenya, Mayotte, Mozambique, Oman, Rwanda, Somalia, South Africa, Uganda, UAE and the USA."  A good overview. - From omniglot.com - http://www.omniglot.com/writing/swahili.htm   

Swahili language __ "Swahili (also called kiswahili; see below for a discussion of the nomenclature) is a Bantu language widely spoken in East Africa. Swahili is the mother tongue of the Swahili people who inhabit a 1500 km stretch of the East African coast from southern Somalia to northern Mozambique. There are approximately five million first-language speakers and thirty to fifty million second-language speakers..." You will find an encyclopedic article with links to related materials. - From wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swahili 


Swahili language __ A brief overview and links to resources. - From infoplease.com - http://www.infoplease.com/ce6/society/A0847370.html 


Swahili Language __ A few words and phrases. - From kent.k12.wa.us - http://www.kent.k12.wa.us/staff/DarleneBishop/kenya/swahili.html


Swahili Language Basics __ A basic overview of Swahili including phrases. - From Timothy F. Bliss - http://www.blissites.com/kenya/language.html 


Swahili - Language Directory __ Swahili language and online lesson resources and more. - From 50webs.com - http://language-directory.50webs.com/languages/swahili.htm

Swahili Tongue Twisters __ You will find a collection of Swahili tongue twisters to practice. English translations are provided. - From Michael Reck - http://www.uebersetzung.at/twister/sw.htm




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