Groundwork in Shiyeyi Grammar with a Shiyeyi-English Glossary

by Stephen Lukusa (Author)
©2002 Monographs XXVI, 150 Pages


The inconspicuous status of the indigenous languages of Botswana often leads into the wrong belief that this country’s population is basically monolingual. Setswana, the only national language, overshadows 25 or so minority languages by making them vulnerable to language shift and death. Shiyeyi, the focal point in this study, is the second largest minority language which so desperately struggles for its survival. The author contributes to the effort to preserve and develop the remnants of this endangered language by launching its very first comprehensive grammar that will serve both as reference material to teachers and focus of further research. Accessibility of the contents to a potentially large and diversified audience is enhanced by the translations provided. The book is based on authentic data. It covers systematically the Shiyeyi noun classes before proceeding with similar structural descriptions of the other major word categories. It concludes with a generative-transformational treatment of the sentence structure. The glossary compiled towards the end is based on the rich illustrations given in the book and constitutes a starting point in an attempt to develop a future Shiyeyi dictionary.


XXVI, 150
ISBN (Softcover)
setswana languages botswana
Frankfurt/M., Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2002. XXVI, 150 pp., num. fig. and tab.

Biographical notes

Stephen Lukusa (Author)

The Author: Stephen Lukusa is a Congolese linguist born in 1950. He obtained his Licence degree in English Philology (University of Zaire in Lubumbashi, 1974). Since then he taught linguistics at Higher Teacher Training Colleges successively in Kisangani, Buta and Kinshasa (D.R.C.). Later on, he obtained a Diploma in TESOL (Manchester University, 1982), an M.A. in Linguistics (Lancaster University, 1987), a Ph.D. in Linguistics (Lancaster University, 1993). He taught French and Linguistics at the University of Dar-Es-Salaam (1994-97) and is now at the University of Botswana where he is lecturing in African Languages and Literature and coordinating the Master’s Program.


Title: Groundwork in Shiyeyi Grammar with a Shiyeyi-English Glossary