The principal concern of this study was the assessment of lexical change in Zinza
language. In particular, the study firstly explored the extent of Zinza lexical change
in Kome Island; secondly, it examined linguistic factors for Zinza lexical change;
and thirdly, described non linguistic factors behind Zinza lexical change. This study
employed both purposive and simple random sampling methods. The data were
gathered from four villages namely Luhiza, Isenyi, Bugolo, and Buhama located in
Kome Island, Sengerema district through semi structured interview, introspection
and elicitation. The study was guided by the theory, known as Assimilation Theory.
The findings in this study revealed that, Zinza has been affected heavily by lexical
change. There are a lot of lexical replacements which have been borrowed from other
languages. These replacements are used alongside proto Zinza lexical items while
others are used without proto lexical items. However, there are some aspects of
language use where lexical items in this language enjoy maintenance. These aspects
include greetings, parts of the body, gender reference, and how to offer condolences.
The study also found that, linguistic factors such as the nature of Zinza language and
language contact were the driving force for Zinza lexical change. Moreover, non
linguistic factors such as intermarriage, education, advancement of science and
technology, decline of socialization gap between the youth and elders, immigration
and children shift in language transmission were recorded to influence lexical change
in Kome Island. It is recommended in this study that, further study should be carried
out to examine whether or not the other linguistic aspects such as phonology,
morphology, and syntax have been subjected to changes.
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