A língua bantu angolana mbwela (K17) e a busca etimológica dos bantuísmos brasileiros

Janine Félix da Silva, Rosa Maria de Lima Ribeiro, Ndonga Mfuwa


Mbwela (K17) is an undocumented language belonging
to the K10 group, dominating the Eastern half of Angola.
Documentation of the area is essential in order to show
etymological evidence for Brazilian Bantuisms, as well as to
contribute to research confirming historical evidence that the
main homeland of Bantu slaves shipped to Brazil was not located on the coast of the country. Maniacky (2008) highlighted a sample of Brazilian Bantuisms where the Bantu cognates belong to the K zone and are not attested in the H zone, containing Kikongo and Kimbundu, nor in the R zone, containing
Umbundu. Unfortunately, descriptions of the K10 group are
particularly scarce, as is the general case for Angolan languages.
Alongside the various factors explaining this lack of studies, we
highlight the Portuguese policy of integration that penalized the
use of native indigenous languages, the continuing forty years
of war and the Portuguese colonial language, rarely familiar to
the Bantuists. For the first time, we describe the Mbwela language, which had never previously been documented, and
we interpret Brazilian Bantuisms phonologically and


Mbwela (K17); interpretação etimológica, bantuísmos

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Revista Brasileira de Estudos do Contato Linguístico

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