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Tumtumba. Una cantilena infantile del Nord Camerun e del Ciad. Materiali per un’analisi.

Author(s): Antonio Melis

Journal: Studi Linguistici e Filologici Online
ISSN 1724-5230

Volume: 3;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 201;
Date: 2005;
Original page

The present article submits to the scientific community’s attention precious folkloric materials collected on the field in an Africa area all around the border between Cameroon and Chad. It is a children nonsense-rhyme, called tumtumba (of which audio and video recordings are supplied here) which has spread among peoples speaking languages of the central Chadic linguistic family, but which presumably originated in a different ethnico-linguistic environment, namely the tupuri people. The materials here collected are made even more precious by the discovery of a specific tupuri myth that etiologically founds the existence of the nonsense-rhyme.
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