Linguistic Features of Somali Chizigula

Document Type

Student Presentation

Presentation Date

April 2017

Faculty Sponsor

Tim Thornes


This poster provides a preliminary description of the linguistic features of Somali Chizigula, a language spoken in Tanzania, and by a small population of refugees in the Boise community. Somali Chizigula derives from the Bantu branch of the Niger-Congo language family (G. 311). Presently, there is limited research and literature pertaining to Somali Chizigula, and our class will explore and fill some of the gaps in the existing research. Over the course of the semester, our class conducted extensive work with a native speaker of Somali Chizigula to collect and analyze data in the areas of phonology, morphology, and syntax, along with several other areas of specific interest. We also plan to include cultural components that are unique to the language. The archived recordings and analyses resulting from our project will provide the linguistic community with new data to promote theoretical linguistic research on Somali-Chizigula. Our research will also benefit the Somali-Chizigula speakers in our community, since the work may be adapted for use in the areas of translating and interpreting, and be shared with future generations.

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