30 Oct 2012

Gikuyu semantic domain list

Submitted by doug
TitleGikuyu semantic domain list
Publication TypeUnpublished
Year of Publication2001
AuthorsMoe R
KeywordsBantu
Notes

This list was produced by a group of Gikuyu (Bantu, Kenya) speakers who were asked to classify 1,000 words. The workshop ws the first of two workshops designed to develop an emic list of domains for a Bantu language. The second workhsop was for Lugwere of Uganda. The words were selected from VanOtterloo’s Kifuliiru list and chosen to cover the entire semantic range of the vocabulary of a language. The words were translated into Gikuyu so that the participants would be working with Gikuyu words. The participants were asked to put the words into piles of semantically similar words. They classified the 1,000 words into approximately 100 domains arranged in a hierarchy.