End of ADS-L Digest - 23 Dec 1997 to 24 Dec 1997 ************************************************ Subject: ADS-L Digest - 24 Dec 1997 to 25 Dec 1997 There are 3 messages totalling 238 lines in this issue. Topics of the day: 1. Season's Greetings 2. Canuck (part two) 3. AMISTAD anachronisms ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Thu, 25 Dec 1997 00:10:18 -0500 From: Alan Baragona Subject: Re: Season's Greetings Laurence Horn wrote: > > Not sure, but it might be worth remembering that this traditional holiday > was initated by Ron Karenga of UCLA during the late 1960's (I was there at > the time); I believe he later adopted a different first name (Maulana?). > Actually, his choice of the -aa spelling would be appropriate, now that I > think of it, since the holiday is presumably named not for the verb > _kwanza_ 'to begin', but for its nominal derivative _kwanzaa_ 'first fruits > of the harvest'. But if I recall my Swahili, the universal penultimate > stress of the language extends to double vowels, so that it "should" then > be pronounced kwanZAa and it never is. The -aa final is not un-African in > any case; certainly it's not particularly rare in Swahili, although it may > occur more frequently in Arabic loans. > > Larry That's interesting. So is RHD simply wrong to spell it ? A quick search on the web turns up almost exclusively. Even when I searched for , I came up with numerous hits, but when I went to the sites, the spelling still had -aa (so frankly I'm not sure why I got hits for -a). Alan