Omotic and Cushitic Language Studies

ISBN 978-3-89645-482-9

Omotic and Cushitic Language Studies

Papers from the Fourth Cushitic Omotic Conference, Leiden, 10-12 April 2003

Edited by: Azeb Amha, Maarten Mous, Graziano Savà. With contributions by: Azeb Amha, Binyam Sisay Mendisu, Václav Blažek, Roger M. Blench, Fekede Menuta, Mara Frascarelli, Hirut Woldemariam, Grover Hudson, Roland Kießling, Didier Morin, Maarten Mous, Mulugeta Seyoum, Annarita Puglielli, Christian J. Rapold, Tolemariam Fufa, Martine Vanhove, Wondwosen Tesfaye, Kjell Magne Yri.

2007
10 pp. Roman, 268 pp.
32 tables, 8 figures, numerous charts
Text language(s): English
Format: 160 x 240 mm
580 g
Paperback
€ 39.80

The present volume contains a selection of papers presented at the 4th International Conference of Cushitic and Omotic Languages. Seven years had passed since the last Cushitic-Omotic conference held in Berlin in 1994. During that period a wealth of high quality studies on Cushitic and Omotic language appeared in publication. Excellent descriptive works presented the structure of previously undescribed languages. Linguistic theories were elaborated and tested using material from languages of these Afroasiatic subfamilies. Typological works highlighted the peculiarities of Cushitic and Omotic linguistic features within the languages of the world.

So the Department of African Languages and Cultures of Leiden University / Netherlands felt the need to organise a conference which provided a concrete overview of the achievement in their research field.

CONTENTS

Omotic Languages

Azeb Amha:
Are -a- and -o- in the indicative verb paradigms of Zargulla nominalizers?

Binyam Sisay Mendisu:
Simple nominal complements in Koorete

Hirut Woldemariam:
Historical notes on third person singular pronouns in the Ometo

Mulugeta Seyoum:
Some notes on reduplication in Dime

Christian J. Rapold:
From demonstratives to verb agreement in Benchnon

Tolemariam Fufa:
Word order in Shekacho

Enset Culture

Roger Blench:
Enset culture and its history in highland Ethiopia

Grover Hudson:
Enset vocabulary in eight Ethiopian languages

Cushitic Languages

Václav Blazek:
Beja historical phonology – Consonantism

Fekede Menuta:
An overview of Qebena noun morphology

Mara Frascarelli / Annarita Puglielli:
Focus markers and universal grammar

Roland Kießling:
Alagwa functional sentence perspective and “incorporation”

Didier Morin:
New questions about the Bayso lexicon

Maarten Mous:
The middle and passive derivations in Konso

Martine Vanhove:
The independent personal pronouns in Beja – synchronic functions and diachronic perspective

Wondwosen Tesfaye:
Laguu in the Oromo society – a sociolinguistic approach

Kjell Magne Yri:
Nouns and adjectives in Sidaamu xafó


The proceedings of the following conferences on Cushitic and Omotic languages have been published in our programme (see the links below):

“1e Colloque international sur les langues couchitiques et les peuples qui les parlent – 1st International Conference on Cushitic Languages and Peoples, Paris, 8-12 Sept. 1975”

“Proceedings of the Third International Symposium, Berlin, March 17-19, 1994”

“Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Cushitic and Omotic Languages, Paris, 16-18 April 2008”


Accompanying material:

Reviews

The volume provides a valuable review of the achievements in Cushitic and Omotic linguistics. It presents new descriptive materials and research results including those by MA and PhD students, which is especially important for encouraging them to undertake further efforts in this particular field of the study.

Stanislaw Pilaszewicz in Studies of the Department of African Languages and Cultures, 41/2007, pp. 165-168

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