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Yanayoudhi kuyaona mafumbo na vijembe vya Kiswahili

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In Swahili language proficiency is measured in terms of a speakers knowledge and use of methali (proverbs), misemo (sayings), mafumbo (riddles) and vijembe (sharp comments). The aim of the paper is to show the different uses of mafumbo and vijembe. Their meanings are at first sight hidden to the addressee, but understood in the context of their use. Mafumbo can be used as teasing, as circumscription for parts of the body of which it is taboo to speak of, as moral reprimands and warnings, and as a secret language between intimate partners or groups of people. Vijembe - `What cuts more than a knive? - the tongue´ - are used on kanga and in newspapers. An important feature of vijembe is that it always asks for an answer, therefore has a strong aspect of competition.

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Erschienen in Swahili-Forum - 1.1994
Swahili, Rätsel, indirekte Kommunikation, vijembe
Swahili, riddles, indirect communication, vijembe
SWD SchlagworteSwahili, Rätsel, Sprechkunst, Indirekte Kommunikation
DDC Klassifikation496
Beteiligte Institution(en) 
HochschuleUniversität Hamburg
FakultätSeminar für Afrikanische Sprachen und Kulturen
HochschuleUniversität zu Köln
FakultätInstitut für Afrikanistik
Veröffentlichungsdatum (online)30.11.2012
persistente URNurn:nbn:de:bsz:15-qucosa-98006
QuelleSwahili Forum; 1(1994), S. 7-11

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