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These are some of the frequently asked questions relating to the linguistic connections between the Ancient Egyptian and Bantu languages of Africa.





How did you discover the linguistic connection between the Ancient   Egyptian and Bantu languages of Africa?

 I began to analyse the sentence given by Sir Alan Gardiner, Egyptian Grammar, page 36 , 'ra m pt' which means 'the sun is in the sky'. The symboldenotes an owl and represents the consonant 'm' which is a preposition and means 'in'. I quickly realised that this preposition is equivalent to similar Bantu forms, given as 'mu', '-mo' and in particular to the Kiswahili-Bantu form 'imo', which means 'it is in'. The Ancient Egyptian preposition 'm' was the first indicator that there had to be a linguistic connection between the languages for as far as I can recall, no other language uses this preposition.

What other indicators did you look for?

Well the word for a serpent given as, 'nik'fitted the Kiswahili-Bantu word 'nioka' which means a serpent. This word gives an exact match and encouraged me to look for more words.

 Were there other similar words?

 Yes, I began exploring many more words which had similar meanings in Bantu and Ancient Egyptian. These are included in what I call 'The Bantu Rosetta Stones'.

 Some people say that a linguistic link is impossible as the Ancient Egyptian language is an Afro-Asiatic language and not a Bantu language.

Well, all I can say is that I have proved them wrong, especially when you look at the amount of vocabulary explored. I have not seen any websites or books which give substantial amounts of common vocabularies between the languages. Put simply the Afro-Asiatic language is misleading to consider at this stage. Give me the evidence which shows that the Afro-Asiatic language can match up with the exact vocabularies provided including vowels and consonants.

 What is a Bantu language and to which part of Africa do they belong?

 Bantu languages belong to the wider group of languages called Niger-Congo. See the map. All Bantu languages are related. 

Map courtesy Wikipedia

showing the Bantu distribution within the wider group of Niger-Congo group of languages.

 Map showing the approximate distribution of Bantu vs. other Niger-Congo languages.

The Kiswahili-Bantu language is not a Bantu language for it consists of a lot of Semitic words.

True, but you must not forget that the Semitic language had its origins in Africa, therefore the Kiswahili-Bantu language has acquired Semitic roots of words. However the words I have recently investigated contain purely Bantu roots. Let's not make a mistake, the Kiswahili-Bantu language is a Bantu language and has maintained a substantial amount of its Proto-Bantu roots.

by Ferg Somo © 18th May 2008

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