Luganda Dictionary on CD IN making a dictionary of the Luganda language a compiler is confronted at the very outset with certain real difficulties and one of the greatest is to decide where and how Luganda word starts. For example, how easily will the user of the dictionary detect that enjalą is the plural of ņlwāla and means nails or talons, whereas enjala means hunger and is the same root as the Swahili njaa? How will he know that 'nzibą and ba`bba are both from the verb kł-'bba steal, and that 'nzirłka and tuddłka are merely different persons of the same tense of the verb kł-ddłka which means 'run'? Sound change, and the influence of an initial nasal, are such important factors in the structure of the Luganda language that the answer to the few queries above is that, in spite of all the assistance given to those unfamiliar with the essentials of the language in the arrangement of the present dictionary, the maximum benefit can be extracted from the book only when certain essential principles of phonemics and tonemics have been mastered. Fortunately the importance of the former was realized at a comparatively early date in the study of the language by European missionaries and their Baganda pupils.    

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