Text language(s): English
Format: 160 x 240 mm
Somali belongs to the East-Cushitic branch of the Afro-Asiatic language phylum. It is spoken by about 9 million people in Somalia, Ethiopia, Djibuti, and Northern Kenya. As the first language of the vast majority of the inhabitants of Somalia, Somali received substantial support by the Somali state after 1972 and it is nowadays used throughout every sector of public life. Modernisation and standardisation have reached a high level.
Following an introduction with general information on Somali, e.g. its distribution, dialects, status and orthography, the present grammatical sketch introduces the reader to Somali phonology, morphology and syntax. In the area of verbal morphology, attributive verbs and pre-verbs, which replace prepositions, represent specific Somali morphological peculiarities. The appendix provides a short socio-political text with an English translation and lexico-grammatical notes.