Eléments de description du langi, langue bantu F.33 de Tanzanie
M. Dunham, 2005
Collection Langues et littératures de l’Afrique noire, SELAF 413, Louvain-Paris-Dudley MA : Peeters. 335 p.
Langi is a Bantu language spoken in the Kondoa region, in central Tanzania. This is probably the only area in Africa where one finds languages from all four of the continent's major phyla: Niger-Congo, Nilo-Saharan, Afroasiatic and Khoisan. There are currently approximately 300,000 speakers, however the language is now rarely passed on to children, who, except in a few exceptional cases, understand Langi but only speak Swahili.
This book is the first description of the language. Hitherto the only publicly available resource was a word list produced by Otto Dempwolff in 1916. This monograph is based on first hand field data, and covers Langi phonetics, phonology, and morpho-syntax. It shows that the language presents a fair number of typological peculiarities.