This is the first English-Zulu / Zulu-English dictionary to be developed in South Africa. It was begun in the 1940s by Wits University lecturers, CM Doke and BW Vilakazi. Vilakazi was the first published Zulu-language poet and his collection, Amal'eZulu, is listed in the Top 100 African Books of the twentieth century. The aim of this dictionary is twofold: to meet the needs of the English speakers who wish to know how to render the English into isiZulu, and to meet the needs of the isiZulu speakers who wish to know the meaning and idiomatic use of English words. Various revisions were undertaken over the years. A new preface, written by Professor Mzilikazi Khumalo, was added in 1990 and provides an update to the phonological tone markings originally indicated by Vilakazi. The English-Zulu Dictionary was published in 1958 by Doke, DM Malcolm and JMA Sikakana and reprinted in 1971. The first combined edition with English-Zulu / Zulu-English was published in 1990 and has been in print continuously since then. It remains the definitive dictionary of these languages.
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Publisher: Wits University Press