Nambya Linguistics Bibliography


ALAPONT, Alexander (early 1960s). “First Elementary ChiNambya Grammar”. Manuscript.

MORENO, Augustine (1973). Notes in Nambya. Dete: mimeographed edition. 96 pp. — based on Alapont. Arranged in 65 lessons.  — 1973 was the year the use of Nambya was approved for the Catholic liturgy.

MORENO, Augustine. Nambya Dictionary (1988). In collaboration with the Nambya Cultural Assn (Gweru: Mambo Press); repr. Ilizwi Centre, St. Theresa’s Catholic Mission, 2004.

MORENO, Augustine and Alexander Alapont (1994). Notes in Nambya. Unpublished manuscript.

MORENO, Augustine. Nambya Grammar (Plumtree: Ilizwi Centre, St. Theresa’s Catholic Mission, 2004), 176 pp. — arranged in 63 lessons.

MORENO, Agustín Muguruza (2011). Gramática nambya. Madrid: Biblioteca de autores Cristianos.  235+ pp.  — arranged in 63 lessons.  A translation of Moreno’s 2004 grammar in English, but with different pagination.



The ALLEX Project: Online corpus for Nambya.

CHABATA, Emmanuel (2012). “A cognitive grammatical approach to the semantics of Nambya extended verbs”, Journal for Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences, Vol. 1, No.1, pp 33-50.

CHABATA, Emmanuel. The Nambya Verb with Special Emphasis on the Causative. Ph.D. Dissertation. Oslo: University of Oslo. 2007, 283 p. (pdf)

CHABATA, Emmanuel (2006). “Causative Constructions in Nambya: A Lexical mapping Theory Account”, Zambezia, Vol. XXXIII, No. i/ii, pp. 95-114, 2006.

DOWNING, Laura J. & Bryan Gick. “Voiceless tone depressors in Nambya and Botswana Kalang’a”, Proceedings of the annual meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society 27, 2001), pp. 1-11. (pdf).

ETHNOLOGUE entry: Nambya [nmq]

KADENGE, Maxwell, “Resolving hiatus inNambya: An optimality theoretic account”, paper at the 42nd Annual Conf. on African Linguistics. 2011.

KADENGE, Maxwell, “Some Segmental Phonological Processes Involving Vowels in Nambya: A Preliminary Descriptive Account”, The Journal of Pan African Studies, vol.3, March 2010, 239-52. (pdf)

KADENGE, Maxwell. The Phonology of Nambya. Unpublished D.Phil Thesis. Harare: University of Zimbabwe. 2007.


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