Language Contact and Language Change in Ethiopia
Edited by: Joachim Crass, Ronny Meyer. With contributions by: Binyam Sisay Mendisu, Joachim Crass, Ronny Meyer, Ongaye Oda, Christian J. Rapold, Sascha Völlmin, Silvia Zaugg-Coretti.
Series: Topics in Interdisciplinary African Studies Volume 142009
6 pp. Roman, 121 pp.
numerous tables and charts
Text language(s): English
Format: 160 x 240 mm
Joachim Crass / Ronny Meyer:
Binyam Sisay Mendisu:
Copula and/or focus – The morpheme -(k)ko in two East Ometo languages
The quotative verb in Ethiosemitic languages and in Oromo
The spread of punctual derivation in Dullay and Oromoid languages
Christian J. Rapold / Silvia Zaugg-Coretti:
Exploring the periphery of the Central Ethiopian Linguistic Area – Data from Yemsa and Benchnon
Some dialectal differences between Gumer and Chaha (Gurage)
The morpheme -tu as a focus marker in Yemsa (Omotic) and Oromo (Cushitic)
The Introduction (see link below)
- Language Change under Multilingual Conditions
- Language Contact, Language Change and History Based on Language Sources in Africa
- When Languages Meet
- Converbs, Medial Verbs, Clause Chaining and Related Issues
- Das K’abeena
- Das Zay
- Deictics, Copula, and Focus in the Ethiopian Convergence Area
- Grammaire du beria (langue saharienne)
The publication [...] collects articles which present some very interesting and new data as well as interpretations on Ethiopian languages, giving them a chance to see the daylight, and, what is more, proposing some theoretical frame, namely the contact-change phenomenon. In the case of Ethiopian languages, this kind of approach is both justified and desirable. In descriptions of Ethiopian languages difficulties arise mainly on the level of the origin of linguistic features, and therefore an analysis of any Ethiopian language, including Amharic and Oromo as the biggest ones, cannot be complete without the contact approach. The most recent publication by Crass and Meyer proves this in an excellent, unaffected way, and I am sure its follow-up will reach me soon.
Laura Lykowska in Studies in the Department of African Languages and Cultures, 44/2010, pp. 126-129
We need more contributions like the ones presented here, i.e. tests of the features proposed for the Ethiopian Language Area (Rapold & Zaugg-Coretti’s contribution), new assessments of data collected and hypotheses brought forward at the time when Ethiopian languages were first investigated (Binyam Sisay’s and Ongaye Oda’s contributions), as well as fine-grained and empirically well-grounded studies of individual grammatical phenomena (Meyer’s, Völlmin’s and Zaugg-Coretti’s contributions).
Yvonne Treis in Afrikanistik online, www.afrikanistik-online.de/archiv/2011/2848, pp. 1-7
[...] the volume is a collection of quite interesting contributions on a wide palette of languages spoken in the Horn of Africa. It is an important reading for scholars interested in Cushitic, Ethio-Semitic, and Omotic, as well as in contact phenomena and areal linguistics.
Giorgio Banti in Aethiopica, 17/2014, pp. 227-236
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