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  Bantu languages - Encyclopedia.com
Bantu languages group of African languages forming a subdivision of the Benue-Niger division of the Niger-Congo branch of the Niger-Kordofanian language family (see African languages).
Bantu contains hundreds of languages that are spoken by 120 million Africans in the Congo Basin, Angola, the Republic of South Africa, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, and Kenya.
All of the Bantu languages are tonal, except perhaps Swahili.
www.encyclopedia.com /doc/1E1-Bantulan.html   (1418 words)

  Bantu - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Bantu is a general term for over 400 different ethnic groups in Africa, from Cameroon to South Africa, united by a common language family, the Bantu languages, and in many cases common customs.
The smallest unit of the Bantu organisational structure was the household, or Kraal, consisting of a man, woman or women, and their children, as well as other relatives living in the same household.
The food acquisition of the Bantu was primarily limited to agriculture and hunting, where generally the women were responsible for agriculture and the men drew for the hunt.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Bantu   (2036 words)

 Bantu languages - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Bantu is a language family that belongs to the Niger-Congo group.
Bantu languages are spoken in South Cameroon, and in the south-eastern region of Nigeria close the Cameroonian Border, in Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, Kenya and the southern tip of Somalia, Tanzania, Angola, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Botswana, and South Africa.
Bantu words are typically made up of open syllables of the type CV (consonant-vowel) with some languages having a vocabulary exclusively of this type.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Bantu_languages   (997 words)

 BANTU LANGUAGES - LoveToKnow Article on BANTU LANGUAGES   (Site not responding. Last check: )
In the nearly total absence of any historical records, the only means of building up Bantu history lies in linguistic research, in the study of existing dialects, of their relative degree of purity, of their connection one with the other and of the most widely-spread roots common to the majority of the Bantu languages.
The resemblances to the Bantu in certain word-roots are of an obvious nature; and prefixes in a very simple form are generally used for singular and plural, but the rest of the concord is very doubtful.
Seemingly the Bantu, somewhat early in their migration down the east coast, took to the sea, and not merely occupied the islands of Pemba and Zanzibar, but travelled as far afield as the Comoro archipelago and even the west coast of Madagascar.
55.1911encyclopedia.org /B/BA/BANTU_LANGUAGES.htm   (9163 words)

The Bantu are a group of people known more as a language group than as a distinct ethnic group.
The Bantu are split into two major language families, the Eastern Bantu and the Western Bantu.
The first Europeans to have contact with the Bantu were usually priests or missionaries, so they were interested in translating the Bible and would write down the local language using whatever spelling conventions their own language used.
www.mnsu.edu /emuseum/cultural/oldworld/africa/bantu.html   (325 words)

 FGC Education and Networking Project
The Bantu are said to have originated from somewhere in the Congo region of central Africa and spread rapidly to southern and eastern Africa.
Bantu are said to have settled in Uganda between A.D 1000 and A.D. Some reasons are given to explain why the Bantu moved from their original homeland to come to settle in Uganda.
The discovery that the Bantus, or ethnic fl African minority community of Somalia, were rushing to circumcise their women threatens to complicate an attempt to give a better life to one of Africa's longest suffering peoples, aid workers say.
www.fgmnetwork.org /countries/bantu.html   (2903 words)

 Bantu languages — FactMonster.com
Bantu languages, group of African languages forming a subdivision of the Benue-Niger division of the Niger-Congo branch of the Niger-Kordofanian language family (see
“handsome men.” The Bantu verb consists of a stem to which are added one or more prefixes (with the exception of the imperative) and also one or more suffixes.
Bantu - Bantu Bantu, ethnic and linguistic group of Africa, numbering about 120 million.
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 Verbix -- Bantu. Conjugate verbs in 50+ languages
Bantu languages are spoken as a first language in sub Saharan Africa by nearly a third of the continent's total population.
Bantu nouns usually consist of a stem preceded by a prefix that changes according to number.
All or almost all the words in a Bantu sentence are usually marked by a prefix indicating the category to which the noun used as subject of the sentence belongs.
www.verbix.com /languages/bantu.asp   (113 words)

 AllRefer.com - Bantu languages (Language And Linguistics) - Encyclopedia
Bantu languages, group of African languages forming a subdivision of the Benue-Niger division of the Niger-Congo branch of the Niger-Kordofanian language family (see African languages).
Bantu contains hundreds of languages that are spoken by 120 million Africans in the Congo Basin, Angola, the Republic of South Africa, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, and Kenya.
All of the Bantu languages are tonal, except perhaps Swahili.
reference.allrefer.com /encyclopedia/B/Bantulan.html   (447 words)

 Bantu Ethnic Identity in Somalia 4   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The Bantu are not allowed to leave the camp, as the concentration of misery it produces attracts periodic assistance, which the “camp managers” divert.
Bantu grievances are frequently met with resentment and counter-grievances; nearly every Somali clan and social group feels deeply aggrieved over losses and injustices it has suffered, and is reluctant to concede that others are worse off.
Bantu identity may be a social construct of very recent origin in Somalia, an accidental creation of foreign relief agencies, but it is likely to endure as an ethnic identity for the foreseeable future.
www.cfee-fces.org /code/menkhaus3.htm   (1842 words)

 Contact Languages in the Bantu Area
As a matter of fact, it may be informative to re-examine the spread and speciation of, for instance, Bantu on the model of such a scenario, interpreting the dispersal of its speakers eastwards and southwards in sub-Saharan Africa as a form of colonization.
He concludes that ├ČLingala is changing from a simple Bantu language of the middle Congo banks, and becoming a mixed language with a considerably extended vocabulary and phonemic inventory, a development that is comparable to that of Swahili, and in many ways to that of English├« (163).
It is this correlation which suggests that the speciation of Bantu languages, due to the dispersal of Bantu populations southwards and eastwards, must have been on the model of the development of Shaba Swahili and Town Bemba.
humanities.uchicago.edu /faculty/mufwene/mufw_bantucon.html   (6659 words)

 Bantu Ethnic Identity in Somalia 2   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The Bantu are concentrated along the Jubba and Shabelle rivers in southern Somalia, but are also numerous in the interriverine regions of Bay and Bakool, and even exist in very small numbers (mainly as fishermen) in northern coastal towns.
Because most of the Bantu population is concentrated in the inter-riverine area of the south, the most common language used by Bantu is the Af-Maay dialect associated with that region and with the Digil-Rahanweyn.
Where Bantu communities are integrated or affiliated with weak Somali clans, such as the Digil-Rahanweyn, they are essentially a minority within a minority, doubly disadvantaged as a group occupying the bottom rung in a Somali social hierarchy which seems a far cry from the egalitarian, “pastoral democracy” so often invoked in describing Somali political culture.
www.cfee-fces.org /code/menkhaus1.htm   (1984 words)

 Bantu. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001-05
The Bantu inhabit most of the continent S of the Congo River except the extreme southwest.
Before the European conquest of Africa the Bantu tribes were either pastoral and warlike or agricultural and usually pacific.
In South Africa, the term Bantu is commonly used to refer to the native African population, which was subject to the policies of apartheid.
www.bartleby.com /65/ba/Bantu.html   (226 words)

As far as South-Eastern Bantu magic is concerned it is related in that the two practices are used together, and in many instances the power of medicines is increased by the ancestors, from whom knowledge of the medicines was probably obtained.
In South-Eastern Bantu ritual the ancestors of the chief are almost gods already; in Hebrew history the development of the state sees the growth of Jahweh; in Roman history the emperor becomes deified.
In South-Eastern Bantu society then the ancestral cult is the chief aspect of immorality (in the sense of continued existence for a time after death, not eternal imperishability), and it is related to the lineage; it has little social importance for individuals as compensation for death.
lucy.ukc.ac.uk /Fdtl/Ancestors/gluckman.html   (6909 words)

 Bantu Migration - Map - MSN Encarta
Today, close to 100 million people across the southern half of Africa speak related languages, collectively known as Bantu languages.
Linguistic evidence shows that the root Bantu language emerged in what is now Nigeria and Cameroon by 2000 bc.
By 1000 bc, in a series of migrations, Bantu speakers had spread south to the savanna lands of Angola and east to the Lake Victoria region.
encarta.msn.com /media_701611637/Bantu_Migration.html   (86 words)

 SOMALI BANTU - Their History and Culture
The Bantu people are ethnically and culturally distinct from the Somali nomads and the coastal people, who generally disdain agriculture and value a tribal lineage system that does not include the Bantu.
Other Bantu who lived in the vicinity of nomadic Somali clans (particularly those residing outside of the lower Juba River valley) integrated into the Somali nomadic clan system, which provided the Bantu with protection and a sense of identity with the nomads.
For many of the Bantu from the lower Juba River valley, this means that their east African tribe of origin is the main form of social organization.
www.culturalorientation.net /bantu/sbpeop.html   (1382 words)

 An update of Guthrie's referential Bantu classification
During the twentieth century, several classifications of the Bantu languages have been published.
Many languages lack adequate descriptions, and for those languages for which there exist descriptive material the quantity is, with a handful of exceptions, usually very small, meaning that our view of the individual languages are one-sided, fragmentary and biased in favour of the subjective perspectives of individual scholars and schools.
This is, perhaps somewhat simplistically, evident from the fact that all proposed classifications disagree on how to subclassify the Bantu languages in areas were little material exist, while they generally tend to agree in areas were more material does exist.
www.african.gu.se /research/bantu.html   (588 words)

 Somali Bantu Refugees
In the eighteenth and nineteenth century, the Bantu were brought as slaves from Tanzania and Mozambique to Somalia.
The leading health problems for Somali Bantu children are pneumonia (41% of the deaths), malaria (24.5% of the deaths) and watery diarrhea (16.9% of the deaths).
Most Bantus have never lived with electricity or been exposed to any other aspect of modern living, although they have been exposed to western housing and facilities through the Cultural Orientation Program that all Bantu being resettled in the U.S. are required to attend before departure.
ethnomed.org /cultures/somali/somali_bantu.html   (2375 words)

 A Survey Report for the Bantu Languages
That is, nearly a third of all Africans speak a Bantu language as their native language.
The result is that the northwestern languages have become less like their Bantu siblings and more like their Niger-Congo cousins, to the point where it is hard to draw an unambiguous line between them.
These linguistic splits lead to the historical interpretation that the original Bantu community first split into the northwestern languages versus the remainder, and later the remainder split into a western and an eastern group.
www.sil.org /silesr/2002/016/SILESR2002-016.htm   (1621 words)

 Bantu: Blogs, Photos, Videos and more on Technorati
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Blog posts tagged Bantu per day for the past 30 days.
www.technorati.com /tag/Bantu   (475 words)

 Church World Service Welcomes First Somali Bantu Refugees to Denver, Phoenix
The Bantu families’ arrival marks a new chapter in the life of a people who have lived in constant oppression for almost two centuries.
From their home in East Africa, the Bantu were traded on the Zanzibar slave market and scattered across Africa and the Middle East.
But the Bantu’s arrival in the U.S., expected in mid-2002, was delayed due to continued U.S. homeland security pressures on immigration.
www.churchworldservice.org /news/archives/2003/05/96.html   (869 words)

 Bantu Shoots for the Stars
Bantu last October said it would integrate its platform with Blackboard's suite as a Building Block.
Bantu already has a track record in the educational field -- it has recently signed deals with George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and Johns Hopkins University's Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Bantu is definitely out to gain a large share of the education market in IM.
dc.internet.com /news/article.php/2101_1041501   (373 words)

 PRESS RELEASE Bantu Expands Board of Directors With Two Global Industry Veterans   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Bantu will use the funding to expand its product development and further its reach into government, corporate and education markets.
Bantu's new board members are David Becker, President and Chief Investment Officer of Clearwater Capital Management, LLC, and Dr. William Guttman, Distinguished Service Professor of Economics and Technology and Special Advisor to the Provost at Carnegie-Mellon University.
Bantu EIM provides the highest levels of security and scalability, is platform-independent, and easily integrates into any business application or service.
www.marketwire.com /mw/release_html_b1?release_id=78419   (887 words)

 Myths and Legends of the Bantu
The Bantu, as a rule, do not try to account for the origin of the human race as a whole, or, rather, their legends seem to assume that the particular tribe in question is the human race; though, as we have seen, there are some who con-
The Bantu must have brought this legend with them when they came from the north, for it is also known to the people of Uganda, as well as to others in between.
The Bantu in general speak of the Moon as a man, and say that he has two wives, the Evening Star and the Morning Star, which they do not realize to be one and the same.
fraktali.849pm.com /text/archive/afr/bantu.htm   (19859 words)

 PRESS RELEASE Bantu Selected by Northrop Grumman to Provide Enterprise Instant Messaging for U.S. Department of State's ...   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The Bantu EIM Platform will be part of a fully secure and integrated messaging and archiving system that will modernize the Department's ability to serve America's foreign policy interests.
Bantu's real-time communications capabilities, including Alerts (i.e., emergency notifications), Presence (the ability to see who is online) and Conferencing (multi-party messaging), will be integrated into SMART applications such as document management.
Bantu is highly secure and scalable, platform-independent, interoperable, and easily integrates into any application or service.
www.marketwire.com /mw/release_html_b1?release_id=62456   (475 words)

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