#Bantu basic vocabulary) Field data in Maniema, #DRCongo, along the Lualaba River #Kwange #Songe #Zura #Enya #Zimba #Songola #Lega #Mbole-Langa #Ombo #Ngengele #Kusu
During 1980-1983, I collaborated with the project of Bantu Lexical Reconstructions of the Tervuren Museum, Belgium.
During my journey from Kasongo down the Lualaba River on a dugout canoe in 1983, I had a chance to interview local people on their basic vocabularies.
I also added my former data on the Songola and the Ombo languages near Kindu, and in 1986, I provided the data for the researchers of the project.
Mr. Coupez provided me copies of Meeussens fieldwork on the Binja-nord (Songola), Binja-sud (Zimba) in Maniema, and the Vira, Masanze and Bembe languages on the shore of the lake Tanganyika.
Mrs. Bastin kindly helped me to publish a French version of my studies on the folk names of fish among the Songola and the Bwari.
I feel honored to present my hand-written manuscripts to be typed neatly, consisting of 11 languages out of the 472 Bantu languages treated in the project. They were put into their final report.
Bastin, Yvonne, André Coupez, and Michael Mann: Continuity and Divergence in the Bantu Languages: Perspectives from a Lexicostatistic Study. (Annales, 162.) Tervuren: Musée royal de l’Afrique Centrale. 1999. 225 pp. EUR 21.07
Published Online: 2005-08-11
Published in Print: 2005-07-20
de Gruyter & Mouton
The original report itself (about 30 MB) can be downloaded from:
In the end of my data files, I add a book review:
Schadeberg, T. C. (2005). Continuity and Divergence in the Bantu Languages, by Bastin, Yvonne, André Coupez, and Michael Mann. Journal of African Languages and Linguistics, 26(1). doi:10.1515/jall.2005.26.1.111