Harry Stroomer: A Grammar of Boraana Oromo (Kenya) – Phonology, Morphology, Vocabularies [PDF]


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XIV, 315 pp.
2nd edition
1 map, numerous tables, vocabulary

Text language: English

Oromo belongs to the Cushitic language branch of the Afroasiatic language family. It is, both in terms of geographical extension and in terms of number of speakers, an important African language, spoken as a majority language in the southern half of Ethiopia and used as a lingua franca by non-Oromo groups, both in Ethiopia and in Kenya. The Boraana Oromo dialect is in number of speakers one of the major Oromo dialects spoken by about 50,000 people living as semi-nomads or as settled farmers in North-Kenya. Most Oromos outside the Boraana area refer to them as the ones who maintained the traditional Oromo cattle oriented life style, the ones with the “purest” language, the ones with the highest skill in poetry.

The present study constitutes a synchronic description of the Boraana dialect of Oromo, as spoken in Kenya. It is a data-oriented study and it provides phonological, morphological and lexical material in particular. Special attention is given to the status of wordfinal vowels and their role in phonology, morphology and morpho-syntax. Examples of original texts as well as a Boraana-English and English-Boraana vocabulary are included.