Proverbs according to Kongo Proverbs and the Origins of Bantu Wisdom by Mukumbuta Lisimba [Les proverbes dans Kongo Proverbs and the Origins of Bantu Wisdom par Mukumbuta Lisimba]

Mbokou L.M. (2002)


Proverbs, maxims, riddles and sayings are used every day. In spite of the technical progress during the last decades as far as didactic tools are concerned, the proverb forms part of the daily life of African societies in particular and those of the world in general. It remains an indispensable and essential educational instrument for future generations, and whenever someone wants advice or direction in a certain situation reference is made to it. It forms an integral part of the act of communication. In the light of Dr Lisimba's analysis of certain proverbs of the Bantu family, the importance of the linguistic dynamics presented by proverbs will be discovered. They will therefore have to form part of the composition of dictionaries. In fact, for lexicography as discipline of linguistic science, the treatment of proverbs and idioms is of cardinal importance because they are the bearers of the culture and customs of a people. Therefore, to deal satisfactorily with proverbs, the lexicographer will have to choose a treatment either within or outside the main text, the most advantageous being a thematic classification which allows not only for the semantic, but also for the formal aspects of the proverb.

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