Physical 'disability' in Bantu languages: understanding the relativity of classification and meaning.

@article{Devlieger1998PhysicalI,
  title={Physical 'disability' in Bantu languages: understanding the relativity of classification and meaning.},
  author={Patrick J Devlieger},
  journal={International journal of rehabilitation research. Internationale Zeitschrift fur Rehabilitationsforschung. Revue internationale de recherches de readaptation},
  year={1998},
  volume={21 1},
  pages={51-62}
}
The terminology related to 'physical disability' in proto-Bantu and in contemporary Bantu languages of Zone L are examined for a better understanding of African classification and meaning. The methods used in the examination include 'words and things' and ethnographic fieldwork. In proto-Bantu, nominal classes are used to categorize disability as both human and non-human. Based on the distribution of terminology, a support for differing regional and historical meaning is developed. The most… CONTINUE READING

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