The Prehistorical Implications of Guthrie's Comparative Bantu. Part II: Interpretation of Cultural Vocabulary

  title={The Prehistorical Implications of Guthrie's Comparative Bantu. Part II: Interpretation of Cultural Vocabulary},
  author={David Dalby},
  journal={The Journal of African History},
  pages={1 - 27}
  • D. Dalby
  • Published 1 January 1976
  • Linguistics
  • The Journal of African History
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