Simeone-Senelle / Vanhove (eds.): Proceedings of the 5th Int. Conference on Cushitic and Omotic Languages, Paris 2008 [PDF]


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COS Cushitic and Omotic Studies Volume 3

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X, 229 pp.
numerous tables and charts

Text languages: English, French

The present volume is a selection of the papers presented during the 5th International Conference on Cushitic and Omotic Languages (Paris, 16-18 April 2008). Some forty scholars gathered, coming from several African, Euro­pean and American countries: Djibouti, Ethiopia, and Sudan (where these languages are spoken), Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Switzerland, and USA. During the five years that had elapsed since the previous conference held in Leiden in 2003, the knowledge of these languages kept increasing, with a growing interest for typologically oriented descriptions and for research dedicated to diachronic studies, including the key issue of language con­tact. The papers are grouped thematically in order to underline the consistency of the debates that took place during the meeting.


I Historical and comparative approaches
Joachim Crass: Some remarks about the compound suffix conjugation in Highland East Cushitic languages
Gene Gragg: Cushitic verb classes revisited
Rainer Voigt: On Cushitic verbal innovation in Oromo
Dawit Tilahun: Reconstructing proto-consonant phonemes of Lowland East Cushitic languages
Roger Blench: Links between Cushitic, Omotic, Chadic and the position of Kujarge
Gérard Philippson: Southern Cushitic loans in North-Eastern Bantu – a reconsideration of the evidence

II Typological studies
Maarten Mous: Reduplication in Cushitic
Bernhard Köhler: Interrogative zero-marking in some Ometo languages
Kjell Magne Yri: A peculiarity of copula and case marking in Sidaamú xafó – Signalling modified/unmodified head

III Descriptive and synchronic studies
Rolf Theil: Koorete Tonology
Mohammed-Tahir Hamid Ahmed: Les articles définis en bedja, dialecte du Gash
Loredana Cupi / Sara Petrollino / Graziano Savà / Mauro Tosco: Preliminary notes on the Hamer verb
Ongaye Oda Orkaydo: Conditional clauses in Konso
Azeb Amha: Directives to humans and to domestic animals – the imperative and some interjections in Zargulla

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]
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]

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

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