The classification and distribution of the languages of the Northern Bantu Borderland between the Great Lakes and the Indian Ocean have been given in Volume 1 of The Linguistic Survey of the Northern Bantu Borderland, where however, the linguistic evidence on which the classification rested was not included. This is now set out in this volume, originally published in 1957. The languages have been divided into three categories: Bantu, partly Bantu and non-Bantu. within each category the languages have been grouped according to linguistic criteria. The choice of languages represented here has been determined by the availability of reliable linguistic material.
Introduction. Part 1: Bantu Languages 1. Characteristics of Vanuma 2. Characteristics of Konzo 3. Characteristics of the Inter-Lacustrine Group 4. Characteristics of the Gisu Group 5. Characteristics of the Luhya Group 6. Characteristics of the Gusįį Group 7. Characteristics of Sukuma 8. Characteristics of the Nįlyamba Group 9. Characteristics of the Gogo Group 10. Characteristics of Zigula and Ngulu 11. Characteristics of Shambaa 12. Characteristics of Shaka (Chagga) 13. Characteristics of the Ģikuyu (Kikuyu) Group 14. The Swahili Group 15. The Taita Group Part 2: Partly Bantu Languages A. Characteristics of Amba and Hyanzį B. Characteristics of Mbugu Part 3: Non-Bantu Languages A.Moru-Mangbetu Vocabularies: Mvu'ba and Druna (Southern Lendu) B. Nilotic Vocabularies: Alur, Acoli, Lango, Adhola, Luo C: Nilo-Hamitic Vocabularies a) Teso and Maasai b) The Nandi Group D. Cushitic Vocabularies: Oromo (Galla) and Somali E. Iraqw Vocabulary F and G. Sandawe and Hadza Vocabularies H. Sanye Vocabulary