This monograph grew out of a project funded by the Berkeley-Stanford Joint Centers vocabularies project. It covers a wide range of linguistic aspects of the Gikuyu language, most of which do not exist in existing grammars of the language. Aspects covered include: consonantal mutations; syllabification; the gender class system; types of nominalizations; the noun phrase; the verb phrase; possessor ascension; the tense aspect paradigms. Additionally, the monograph includes a short lexicon of cultural terminology relating to aspects of Gikuyu life such as the rights of passage, garments and ornaments, foods, and the environment.
Acknowledgements; Abbreviations; 1. Introduction; 2. Background phonology; 3. Nouns; 4. Nominalizations; 5. Deverbal noun extensions; 6. Synthetic compounds; 7. The associative phrase; 8. The sentence; 9. Cultural notebook; References; Index.
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