A concise Kaffir - English Dictionary
Tins Kaffir-English Dictionary is written as a companion to the writer's "Grammar of the Kaffir Language." It aims at giving clear, concise, accurate definitions of the words which are in most common use. By the word Kaffir is here meant the language spoken by the native people of living in the Eastern portion of the Cape Province of South Africa.
There are seven vowel sounds, including two e and two o sounds, and they may be stressed or unstressed. The consonant sounds include ordinary consonants and clicks. These are represented by the letters of the Roman alphabet, singly or combined, with the addition of the aspirate and a dot put over or under two or three letters. Kaffir exhibits a higher or rising tone, and a lower or falling tone, indicated by an acute or a grave accent. Nouns are divided into classes by means of prefixes, most of the prefixes have more than one form.
Kaffir is an agglutinative language. Besides the word proper root there are usually one or more particles attached to it, such as prefixes, pronouns, prepositions, or auxiliaries. The word proper stands at or near the end of the word-phrase. In order to look up in the Dictionary the main element such a word-phrase as andikaboni or bangaemlanjeni, we ought to know which particles to clear away, and in which form the root is likely to appear, besides the prefixes already given, which must be set aside in looking up nouns. One or several of the particles in the following lists must generally be removed before we can find the root of any noun, adjective, or verb we may wish to look up (adapted from the introduction. Re-edition; originally published 1915 in New York).
ISBN 9783969391815. LINCOM facsimile collection 57. 216pp. 2023.