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Peer Reviewed: Body Part Expressions and r' n Kmt = language of Black Nation (GJL)

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A CROSSLINGUISTIC STUDY OF BODY PART EXPRESSIONS IN
CLASSICAL AND CONTEMPORARY AFRIKAN1 LANGUAGES:
AKAN, YORÙBÁ, KISWAHILI AND mdw nTr

Ọbádélé Kambon
Lwanga Songsore

Abstract
This study aims to discuss body part expressions in Akan (a Ghanaian
language), Yorùbá (a Nigerian language), Kiswahili (a Tanzanian language)
and r n Kmt ‘lit. the language of the Black Nation’. The paper addresses the common worldview whereby the concept and its articulation maintain a close connection to the literal real-world referent (the body part in question). The data is taken from collections of previously attested oral and written texts. The study demonstrates that there is a shared worldview continuum from ancient to contemporary Afrikan languages as manifested in body part expressions and that degree of proximity and similarity can be charted along a fundamental interrelation/fundamental alienation continuum.

Source: https://www.ajol.info/index.ph....p/gjl/issue/view/199

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