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Language as a Conveyor of Culture: The Case of Borrowed Vocabulary in Kiswahili


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The bearer of culture is language. Through language, a people’s way of life is passed either to a different generation or a different group.  This presentation argues that by studying lexical items borrowed and adapted into Kiswahili from foreign languages, it is possible to identify aspects of foreign cultures that have been adapted by Kiswahili speakers and to show that such aspects have become part of their way of life. Discussion following Mwangi’s remarks will be moderated by his Washington University in St. Louis colleague, Mungai Mutonya, Teaching Professor of African & African-American Studies.  This program is part of WashU’s Africa Speaks series, presented in partnership with The Africa Initiative.  Register online to receive Zoom information on the morning of the event. You can also join us during the live stream.

Registration link for those interested: https://wustl.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6ht63eH9tFpC7w9

Event time: November 16,  10-11AM CST.

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