), CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (. Get the latest public health information from CDC: https://www.coronavirus.gov. It was first introduced (as Bâ-ntu) by Wilhelm Bleek in 1857 or 1858, and popularised in his Comparative Grammar of 1862. Christopher Ehret and Merrick Posnansky, eds., This page was last edited on 30 October 2020, at 18:48. That dispersal is attributable to the rapid expansion of people from the area of the Bight of Benin from the beginning of the 2nd millennium … 21-25. Most words in a Bantu sentence are marked by a prefix indicating the category to which the noun used as the subject of the sentence belongs, and, if there is an object, the words in that noun phrase and the verb are also marked by a prefix determined by the noun class of the object.
 That is, idiomatically the reflexes of *bantʊ in the numerous languages often have connotations of personal character traits as encompassed under the values system of ubuntu, also known as hunhu in Chishona or botho in Sesotho, rather than just referring to all human beings. Twelve Bantu languages are spoken by more than five million people, including Rundi, Rwanda, Shona, Xhosa, and Zulu. Corrections? Benin and Togo History.  Please enable it to take advantage of the complete set of features! Linguistic evidence also indicates that the customs of milking cattle were also directly modeled from Cushitic cultures in the area.  About 60 million speakers (2015), divided into some 200 ethnic or tribal groups, are found in the Democratic Republic of Congo alone. Clipboard, Search History, and several other advanced features are temporarily unavailable. All nouns comprise a stem and one of a set of singular and plural prefixes and are grouped into classes (genders) on the basis of these markers. | The geographical shape and course of the Bantu expansion remains debated.