This paper is a comparative study of diachronic sound change in Shanjo and Fwe, two poorly described Bantu languages spoken in the southern part of the Western Province of Zambia. This application of the comparative method aims at defining their historical position within the Bantu Botatwe languages and, by extension, at illuminating the internal subgrouping of this language group. Shanjo and Fwe turn out to belong to the western branch, which is in many respects phonologically more conservative than the eastern branch.
Selected Proceedings of the 39th Annual Conference on African Linguistics: Linguistic Research and Languages in Africa
edited by Akinloye Ojo and Lioba Moshi
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