The Mende Language Containing Useful Phrases, Elementary Grammar, Short Vocabularies, Reading Materials
First published in 1908, this volume emerged in the midst of the British Protectorate of Sierra Leone. The author, F.W.H. Migeod, studied the Mende nation in eastern Sierra Leone and followed the example of the grammar (1882) and vocabulary (1884) published by Dr. Schoen in using the southern form of the Mende language. Beginning with an introduction to the recent history, culture and characteristics of the Mende nation and Sierra Leone, this volume covers useful phrases, grammar, vocabulary and example reading materials including stories and songs collected from native speakers.
Part 1. Useful Phrases. Part 2. Grammar. 1. General Remarks on Pronunciation, etc. 2. Substantives. 3. Adjectives. 4. Pronouns. 5. The Verb ‘To Be’. 6. The Verb. 7. Adverbs. 8. Prepositions. 9. Conjunctions. 10. Interjections. Part 3. Vocabularies. Part 4. Reading Materials – Stories, etc.