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  • When Romantic Love in Gĩkũyũ Becomes A Human Body Part 

    Gathigia, Moses Gatambuki; Ndung’u, Ruth W.; Orwenjo, Daniel Ochieng’ (John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2015)
    Studies in Cognitive Linguistics show that metaphors are fundamental to the structuring of people’s thought and language (Sweetser 1990; Kovecses 2009). It is against this backdrop that this study discusses human body parts ...
  • Citation Practices in selected science and humanities dissertations: implications for teaching 

    Maroko, Geoffrey Mokua (Science and Education Publishing, 2013)
    The citation feature provides justification for arguments and demonstrates the novelty of one’s position in research writing. It shows how a piece of research arises out of, and is grounded in the current state of disciplinary ...
  • Kenyan English Monophthongs: An Element Theory Approach 

    Itumo, Joshua M.; Maroko, Geoffrey Mokua; Nandelenga, Henry S. (Journal of Applied Linguistics and Language Research, 2017)
    This paper describes the acoustic characteristics of the non-ethnically marked Kenyan English (KenE) monophthongs and uses those characteristics to identify the phonemes and also to determine the internal Element Theory ...
  • The perimetric contribution of language in identity construction: a case study of the Burji people in Northern Kenya 

    Ngure, K.K. (Researchers World, 2016)
    Among linguists and anthropologists the question “is it possible to be Xmen without Xish?”1 is one that triggers lively debates. The terms Xmen and Xish stand for the members of a given community and the language that is ...
  • The social function of swearing in a Miraa market environment 

    Mukuni, D.M.; Ireri, A.M.; Nthiga, P.M.; Owili, F.A. (OMICS International, 2016)
    The study aimed at evaluating the social motivations behind the use of swearwords in the language of miraa traders. The study was carried out in Kῖrῖtirῖ open-air miraa (khat) market in Mbeere South sub-county within ...
  • Meru Dialects: The Linguistic Evidence 

    Kanana, Fridah E. (Nordic Association of African Studies, 2011)
    This paper seeks to describe some linguistic features of six dialects of the so-called Meru group. All the six are found on a geographical continuum and they are mutually intelligible. The argument in this paper is that ...
  • Cultural Perspectives in Language and Speech Disorders 

    Ndung'u, R; Kinyua, M (Disability Studies Quarterly, 2009)
    Culture has a heavy overlay on the perceptions and the subsequent handling of persons with language and speech disorders. This article reviews the cultural perspectives of language and speech disorders as portrayed by ...
  • An analysis of the spelling errors in the written English of Kenyan pre‐university students 

    Nyamasyo, Eunice A. (Taylor & Francis, 1994)
    There are two medical schools training doctors in Kenya: the Moi University established in 1984 and the University of Nairobi established in 1967. The University of Nairobi has so far produced the majority of Kenyan doctors. ...
  • Literature and Society: a reflection on the youth’s health in John Habwe’s Kiswahili novels 

    Amukowa, Deborah Nanyama; Mwai, Wangari; Indede, Florence Ngesa (2012)
    The youth face a Myriad of health related challenges. Progressive nations rely on healthy youths who can engage in national building. However, literature has shown that youths who are the most productive people in society ...
  • Inter- and intra-sentential switching: are they really comparable? 

    Kebeya, Hilda (2013)
    Kenya is an African country where English and Swahili serve as the official languages. In addition, there are over forty two indigenous languages spoken in the country, usually as ‘home’ languages. Some of these ethnic ...
  • The verb 'be' in Kikamba: issues in identifying the form 

    Kioko, Angelina N. (Kenyatta University, 1999)
    triedfor three years to find the verb 'have'in Ewe ... " Those were the words uttered with a m' of frustration and delight of a missionary on furlough several years ago. (Welmers 1972. 208) This quotation echoes the ...
  • Computer-based corpora: problems of collection and interpretation of Kenyan texts in English 

    Nyamasyo, Eunice A. (Kenyatta University, 1999)
    Computer-basedcorpora as sources of language material for description is a relatively new concept inlinguistics in Kenya, if not in Africa generally. The collection of relevant and / or appropriate text samples:spoken, ...
  • Whose English in Kenyan schools? A case for a nativized variety 

    Kioko, A.; Muthwii, M. (Kenyatta University, 2002)
    The question, "whose English in Kenyan schools?" would generally elicit two polarised responses. Language planners and some educators would not hesitate to give the British Standard as the variety taught in our schools ...
  • The growth and use of Sheng in advertisements in selected businesses in Kenya 

    Kariuki, A.; Erastus, Kanana Fridah; kebeya, H. (Taylor & Francis (Routledge), 2015)
    For a long time Sheng was perceived as an argot language, a variety restricted in its domains of use. It was seen as a language of the urban youth in Nairobi. However, there has been an emerging trend whereby big corporate ...
  • Sheng: peer language, Swahili dialect or emerging Creole? 

    Githiora, Chege (Taylor and Francis, 2002)
    Quantitative data collected during a recent research trip have shed light on the social and linguistic factors that affect language choice and use in the complex multilingual setting of Nairobi City. The first section ...

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