Marcello Lamberti / Roberto Sottile: The Wolaytta Language [PDF]


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Studia Linguarum Africae Orientalis Volume 6

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664 pp.
numerous tables and charts, Wolaytta-English lexicon (pp. 272-563), appendices: Wolaytta terms of relationship, names of useful plants, denominations of social classes, selected Wolaytta sentences, Index English-Wolaytta

Text language: English

Wolaytta / Wolaitta is one of the major Ethiopian languages boasting around one milion native speakers (the Welayta / Wolayita). It is spoken in the south Ethiopian Provinces of Gamu Gofa and Sidamo along the banks of the river Ometo. Genetically Wolaytta belongs to the Ometo sub-branch of Omotic (West Cushitic).

The present volume consists beside of a short introduction containing some historical, anthropological and cultural notes on the Wolaytta people, of a detailed synchronic description of the language, a list of more than 1,200 lexemes alphabetically ordered and integrated by several probable cognates attested in other Cushitic languages, a corpus of more than 1,100 selected Wolaytta sentences and finally a lexical index.

The synchronic part of the work can be subdivided in three main parts: a phonological one devoted to the phonemic system of Wolaytta, a morphological one illustrating all the morphemes ascertained in the language and finally a syntactical part where the authors deal with the structure of the single clauses with their noun and verb phrases as well as several periphrastic constructions.

Under these links you will find the proceedings volumes of the international conferences of Omotic and Cushitic languages and further descriptions of Omotic languages and cultures:

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