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

ISBN 978-3-89645-488-1

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

Edited by: Marie-Claude Simeone-Senelle, Martine Vanhove. With contributions by: Mohammed-Tahir Hamid Ahmed, Azeb Amha, Roger M. Blench, Joachim Crass, Loredana Cupi, Gene Gragg, Bernhard Köhler, Maarten Mous, Ongaye Oda Orkaydo, Sara Petrollino, Gérard Philippson, Graziano Savà, Rolf Theil, Dawit Tilahun, Mauro Tosco, Rainer Voigt, Kjell Magne Yri. Series edited by: Hans-Jürgen Sasse †, Mauro Tosco.

Series: Cushitic and Omotic Studies Volume 3

10 pp. Roman, 229 pp.
numerous tables and charts
Text language(s): English, French
Format: 160 x 240 mm
470 g
€ 59.80

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 (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”

“Cushitic and Omotic Languages – Proceedings of the Third International Symposium, Berlin, March 17-19, 1994”

„Omotic and Cushitic Language Studies – Papers from the Fourth Cushitic Omotic Conference, Leiden, 10-12 April 2003”


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