Dictionary of Portuguese Loanwords in the Languages of Sub-Saharan Africa

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The main purpose of this dictionary is twofold. On the one hand, it provides the scholar of African studies with a tool to identify the possible Portuguese origin of terms present in African languages and, on the other, it offers those who are interested in Portuguese culture an overview of the presence of its lexicon in African languages. No doubt the Portuguese were among the first Europeans to explore the world outside of Europe, and as such they were also the first to introduce that world to European concepts and words.This book is the result of a long and detailed work on texts in African languages, as also shown by the rich bibliography in the dictionary.

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Sergio Baldi, Ph.D. (1983), New Sorbonne University Paris 3 (1983), was a professor at University of Naples "L'Orientale" for over forty years. He taught Hausa language and literature. He has mainly published two dictionaries on Arabic loans in African languages and numerous articles on language contacts in the Sudanese-Saharan area.
The volume is aimed at a rather large audience made up of African studies scholars and scholars interested in the Portuguese-speaking world. The detailed analysis of words of Portuguese origin in over a hundred African languages is the result of a long work on texts in African languages, as shown by the rich bibliography in the dictionary.
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