Like all subsequent compilations, it builds gratefully upon the Standard Swahili-English and English-Swahili Dictionary in two volumes, prepared under the direction of Frederick Johnson and published by the Oxford University Press in 1939.
The pres- ent dictionary has critically reappraised the entire word-stock of the language, modernizing and aug- menting from many sources.
Maener and other officials of the Catholic University of America Press, who have given it a handsome and practi- cal outward form. Derivative verb forms (applicative, causative, etc.) are listed under the base form of the verb.
*See Marcel van Spaandonck, Practical and Systematical Swahili Bibliography, Linguistics 1850- 1963. When the base form is not in current use, the derivative forms appear as separate entries. Words of Arabic origin are likewise cross-referenced to derivative or related words. Common synonyms of rare entries are given in parentheses: ( = ...) 6.
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