Azeb Amha/Maarten Mous/Graziano Savà: Omotic and Cushitic Language Studies [PDF]

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Papers from the Fourth Cushitic Omotic Conference, Leiden, 10-12 April 2003

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Description

2007
X, 268 pp.
32 tables, 8 figures, numerous charts

Text language: English

The present volume contains a selection of papers presented at the 4th International Conference of Cushitic and Omotic Languages. Seven years had passed since the last Cushitic-Omotic conference held in Berlin in 1994. During that period a wealth of high quality studies on Cushitic and Omotic language appeared in publication. Excellent descriptive works presented the structure of previously undescribed languages. Linguistic theories were elaborated and tested using material from languages of these Afroasiatic subfamilies. Typological works highlighted the peculiarities of Cushitic and Omotic linguistic features within the languages of the world.

So the Department of African Languages and Cultures of Leiden University / Netherlands felt the need to organise a conference which provided a concrete overview of the achievement in their research field.

CONTENTS

Omotic Languages

Azeb Amha:
Are -a- and -o- in the indicative verb paradigms of Zargulla nominalizers?

Binyam Sisay Mendisu:
Simple nominal complements in Koorete

Hirut Woldemariam:
Historical notes on third person singular pronouns in the Ometo

Mulugeta Seyoum:
Some notes on reduplication in Dime

Christian J. Rapold:
From demonstratives to verb agreement in Benchnon

Tolemariam Fufa:
Word order in Shekacho

Enset Culture

Roger Blench:
Enset culture and its history in highland Ethiopia

Grover Hudson:
Enset vocabulary in eight Ethiopian languages

Cushitic Languages

Václav Blazek:
Beja historical phonology – Consonantism

Fekede Menuta:
An overview of Qebena noun morphology

Mara Frascarelli / Annarita Puglielli:
Focus markers and universal grammar

Roland Kießling:
Alagwa functional sentence perspective and “incorporation”

Didier Morin:
New questions about the Bayso lexicon

Maarten Mous:
The middle and passive derivations in Konso

Martine Vanhove:
The independent personal pronouns in Beja – synchronic functions and diachronic perspective

Wondwosen Tesfaye:
Laguu in the Oromo society – a sociolinguistic approach

Kjell Magne Yri:
Nouns and adjectives in Sidaamu xafó