Xhosa
A Cultural Grammar for Beginners

This is more than a grammar. It is also a compendium of Xhosa culture, traditions and nature lore.

- Dr Jeff Peires

This is a different kind of grammar book. It is based on the realisation that a language cannot be understood apart from the culture and history of the people who speak it.

Extensively researched chapters give an historical overview of the amaXhosa and explore the roots of their language. You can read about their traditional dress, early agriculture and religion. The naming of seasons, towns, birds and animals is explained as well as the role Christian missionaries played in developing an orthography. Beads and their cultural significance are described, and traditional poetry explained.

An explanation of the grammar is given against this background of culture and history.

Review comments:
"This is more than a grammar. It is also a compendium of Xhosa culture, traditions and nature lore. This book is a unique achievment in South African literature."
- Dr Jeff Peires
"Without understanding there can be no friendship. If one wishes to understand a people one must identify oneself with them. One mus study their language, customs and culture. To do this with the amaXhosa of today, one must know something of them as they were in the past and as one may yet meet them in their own territories."
- Joan Broster
"A generous, wide-thinking book"
- Jay Heale, Bookchat
Editions:

Paperback: Published by African Sun Press
ISBN 1 874915 03 2
208 pages