A grammar of Fwe

Hilde Gunnink  


This book provides a first-ever comprehensive overview of the grammatical structure of Fwe. Fwe is a Bantu language spoken on the border between Zambia and Namibia, by some 20,000 people. Very little previous documentation exists on the language, and the current description of Fwe is based exclusively on newly collected field data. It includes an analysis of the grammatical structure of Fwe, followed by basic cultural information on greetings, a Fwe narrative with its English translation, and a lexicon comprising some 2200 Fwe lexemes with their English translation. This book is intended as a resource for linguists, whether interested in African languages, Bantu languages, language typology, or general linguistics.


Author Biography

Hilde Gunnink

Hilde Gunnink is a postdoctoral researcher at BantUGent (UGent Centre for Bantu Studies) at Ghent University. Her research interests are descriptive and historical linguistics of Bantu languages. In addition to her descriptive work on Fwe, she has worked on prehistoric contact between Bantu and Khoisan languages in Southern Africa and the (sub)classification of Southern Bantu languages.

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May 9, 2022
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Gunnink, Hilde. 2022. A grammar of Fwe. (African Language Grammars and Dictionaries 6). Berlin: Language Science Press. DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.6669944


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