Griefenow-Mewis / Voigt (eds.): Cushitic and Omotic Languages – Proc. of the Third Int. Symposium, Berlin 1994 [PDF]


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348 pp.
numerous tables and charts

Text languages: English, German, French

What makes the unity of Cushitic and Omotic studies and the unity of the relatively few scholars working in this field? It is, of course, the clear-cut genetic division of the languages spoken in East Africa. In general it is easy to identify a Cushitic, Omotic or Semitic language. But there is more to it than this. Northeast Africa is a specific area; it has an exceptional position within Africa.

The landscape, the mild climate in the highlands, the dominance of the Ethiopic race (which is intermediate to the white and the black race without being a mixture of them), the strong Semitic impact since two and a half millenia, and the indigenous Christian culture have made East Africa a cultural province of its own that constitutes the third geographic-cultural larger area in Africa besides White Africa and Black Africa. All this contributes to the fascination of this area, and has had an influence on our commitment there.


I. Comparative articles

Afro-Asiatic Comparisons
Alexander Militarev: Home for Afrasian – African or Asian? Areal Linguistic Arguments
Anna Belova: Einige jemenitisch-afrikanische Isoglossen

Cushitic Comparisons
Gene Gragg: CUSHLEX – A Cushitic Etymological Index
Roland Kießling: Verbal Inflectional Suffixes in the West Rift Group of Southern Cushitic
Mauro Tosco: The Northern Highland East Cushitic Verb in an Areal Perspective
Rainer Voigt: Zur Gliederung des Kuschitischen – Die Präfixkonjugationen
Andrzej Zaborski: Intensive Verbs and the Present in Cushitic

Omotic Comparisons
M. Lionel Bender: The Limits of Omotic Revisited
Richard J. Hayward: The Velar Stem Alternation in Omotic

II. Particular Cushitic Languages

David L. Appleyard: Preparing a Comparative Agaw Dictionary

Maarten Mous: Was there ever a Southern Cushitic Language (Pre-) Ma’a?

Tamene Bitima: European Loanwords in Afaan Oromoo
Catherine Griefenow-Mewis: The Rise of New Terms in Oromo – Means and Problems
Mohammed Hassen: A Brief Glance at the History of the Growth of Written Oromo Literature
Getachew Chemeda Nadhabasaa: Hamachiisaa – Naming a Child by the Oromo Qaalluu and the Social Meanings of the Names
Thomas Zitelmann: The Return of the Devils Tongue – Polemics about the Choice of the Roman Alphabet (qubee) for the Oromo Language Somali
Georgi Kapchits: On Subjects and Motifs in Somali Folk-tales – Experience of Cataloguing
Mohamed Mohamed-Abdi: Standards de la poésie somalie – quelques critères de reconnaissance et d’appréciation des poèmes somalis

III. Particular Omotic Languages
Marcello Lamberti: A Few Remarks on Verb Derivation in Yemsa

Under these links you will find the proceedings volumes of the international conferences on Cushitic and Omotic languages, further descriptions of these languages and cultures, as well as publications by the contributors:

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]
Azeb Amha / M. Mous / G. Savà (eds.): Omotic and Cushitic Language Studies – Papers from the Fourth Cushitic Omotic Conference, Leiden, 10-12 April 2003 [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]

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