Azeb Amha / M. Mous / G. Savà (eds.): Omotic and Cushitic Language Studies – Papers from the Fourth Cushitic Omotic Conference, Leiden 2003 [PDF]


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X, 268 pp.
8 figures, 32 tables, 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.


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

The proceedings of the following international conferences on Cushitic and Omotic languages have been published in our programme:

F. Enguehard / M.-C. Simeone-Senelle / M. Vanhove / Y. Treis (éds.): Colloque int. sur les langues couchitiques et les peuples qui les parlent – Int. Conference on Cushitic Languages and Peoples [PDF]
C. Griefenow-Mewis / R. Voigt (eds.): Cushitic and Omotic Languages – Proceedings of the Third Int. Symposium, Berlin, March 17-19, 1994 [PDF]
M.-C. Simeone-Senelle / M. Vanhove (eds.): Proceedings of the 5th Int. Conference on Cushitic and Omotic Languages, Paris, 16-18 April 2008 [PDF]

Under these links you will find publications of the contributors and descriptions of further Omotic and Cushitic languages and cultures:

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