Lexico-Phonological Comparative Analysis of Selected Dialects of the Meru-Tharaka Group

Lexico-Phonological Comparative Analysis of Selected Dialects of the Meru-Tharaka Group

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This study is an investigation into the comparative phonology and lexicon of six barely-known Bantu varieties spoken in Kenya. These varieties (Imenti, Igoji, Tharaka, Mwimbi, Muthambi and Chuka) belong to the so-called Meru group. The study develops a new classification of these six dialects. Therefore, a dialectological approach is used, which includes the analysis of wordlists and lists of short phrases elicited in the field. From the data, isoglosses and similarities… (more)