Grammatical and Sociolinguistic Aspects of Ethiopian Languages

The focus of this unique publication is on Ethiopian languages and linguistics. Not only major languages such as Amharic and Oromo receive attention, but also lesser studied ones like Sezo and Nuer are dealt with.

Author: Derib Ado

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing Company

ISBN: 9789027260246

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 415

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The focus of this unique publication is on Ethiopian languages and linguistics. Not only major languages such as Amharic and Oromo receive attention, but also lesser studied ones like Sezo and Nuer are dealt with. The Gurage languages, that often present a descriptive and sociolinguistic puzzle to researchers, have received ample coverage. And for the first time in the history of Ethiopian linguistics, two chapters are dedicated to descriptive studies of Ethiopian Sign Language, as well as two studies on acoustic phonetics. Topics range over a wide spectrum of issues covering the lexicon, sociolinguistics, socio-cultural aspects and micro-linguistic studies on the phonology, morphology and syntax of Ethiopian languages.

The Cambridge Handbook of Linguistic Typology

A grammatical sketch and some sociolinguistic aspects of a dying language, Anfillo. Ethiopian Languages Research Centre Working Papers 1(1): 53–86. Dimmendaal, Gerrit. 2007. Africa's verbfinal languages. In Bernd Heine and Derek Nurse ...

Author: Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781316790663

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines


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Linguistic typology identifies both how languages vary and what they all have in common. This Handbook provides a state-of-the art survey of the aims and methods of linguistic typology, and the conclusions we can draw from them. Part I covers phonological typology, morphological typology, sociolinguistic typology and the relationships between typology, historical linguistics and grammaticalization. It also addresses typological features of mixed languages, creole languages, sign languages and secret languages. Part II features contributions on the typology of morphological processes, noun categorization devices, negation, frustrative modality, logophoricity, switch reference and motion events. Finally, Part III focuses on typological profiles of the mainland South Asia area, Australia, Quechuan and Aymaran, Eskimo-Aleut, Iroquoian, the Kampa subgroup of Arawak, Omotic, Semitic, Dravidian, the Oceanic subgroup of Austronesian and the Awuyu-Ndumut family (in West Papua). Uniting the expertise of a stellar selection of scholars, this Handbook highlights linguistic typology as a major discipline within the field of linguistics.

Languages in Jewish Communities Past and Present

תרעומ היפרגוילביב :היפויתא ידוהי [Ethiopian Jewry: An annotated bibliography]. ... The languages of Israel: Policy, ideology and practice. ... Amharic personal nomenclature: A grammar and sociolinguistic insight.

Author: Benjamin Hary

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 9781501504631

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 706

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This book offers sociological and structural descriptions of language varieties used in over 2 dozen Jewish communities around the world, along with synthesizing and theoretical chapters. Language descriptions focus on historical development, contemporary use, regional and social variation, structural features, and Hebrew/Aramaic loanwords. The book covers commonly researched language varieties, like Yiddish, Judeo-Spanish, and Judeo-Arabic, as well as less commonly researched ones, like Judeo-Tat, Jewish Swedish, and Hebraized Amharic in Israel today.

Loanwords in the World s Languages

Aspects of Gawada Phonology. Vol. 3. 42–56. Zena Lissan: Ethiopian Languages Research Center, Addis Ababa University. Les, Ton & Van de Loo, ... The Kemantney Language: A Sociolinguistic and Grammatical Study of Language Replacement.

Author: Martin Haspelmath

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 9783110218442

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 1102

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This book is the first work to address the question of what kinds of words get borrowed in a systematic and comparative perspective. It studies lexical borrowing behavior on the basis of a world-wide sample of 40 languages, both major languages and minor languages, and both languages with heavy borrowing and languages with little lexical influence from other languages. The book is the result of a five-year project bringing together a unique group of specialists of many different languages and areas. The introductory chapters provide a general up-to-date introduction to language contact at the word level, as well as a presentation of the project's methodology. All the chapters are based on samples of 1000-2000 words, elicited by a uniform meaning list of 1460 meanings. The combined database, comprising over 70,000 words, is published online at the same time as the book is published. For each word, information about loanword status is given in the database, and the 40 case studies in the book describe the social and historical contact situations in detail. The final chapter draws general conclusions about what kinds of words tend to get borrowed, what kinds of word meanings are particularly resistant to borrowing, and what kinds of social contact situations lead to what kinds of borrowing situations.

Deictics Copula and Focus in the Ethiopian Convergence Area

A grammatical sketch and some sociolinguistic aspects of a dying language , Anfillo . Ethiopian Languages Research Center Working Papers 1,1 : 53-86 . Fleming , Harold . 1976. Omotic overview . In : Bender , M. L. ( ed . ) ...

Author: Joachim Crass


ISBN: STANFORD:36105122572428

Category: Cushitic languages

Page: 222

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Covers Cushitic, Omotic and Semitic.

Languages in Africa

The few studies of Ethiopian minority languages have almost exclusively focused on the description of the languages' grammar. The one linguistic work on the Nao language published in recent decades is a “phonological sketch” (Yilma ...

Author: Elizabeth C. Zsiga

Publisher: Georgetown University Press

ISBN: 9781626161535

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 160

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People in many African communities live within a series of concentric circles when it comes to language. In a small group, a speaker uses an often unwritten and endangered mother tongue that is rarely used in school. A national indigenous language—written, widespread, sometimes used in school—surrounds it. An international language like French or English, a vestige of colonialism, carries prestige, is used in higher education, and promises mobility—and yet it will not be well known by its users. The essays in Languages in Africa explore the layers of African multilingualism as they affect language policy and education. Through case studies ranging across the continent, the contributors consider multilingualism in the classroom as well as in domains ranging from music and film to politics and figurative language. The contributors report on the widespread devaluing and even death of indigenous languages. They also investigate how poor teacher training leads to language-related failures in education. At the same time, they demonstrate that education in a mother tongue can work, linguists can use their expertise to provoke changes in language policies, and linguistic creativity thrives in these multilingual communities.

The Fergusonian Impact

Dick Hayward A Southwest Ethiopian Language Area and Its Cultural Background . ... Tripp Contrastive Sentence Perspective : English and German William G. Moulton Some Sociolinguistic Aspects of Error Analysis ( EA ) in Foreign Language ...

Author: Joshua A. Fishman

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 9783110873641

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 1170

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The Contributions to the Sociology of Language series features publications dealing with sociolinguistic theory, methods, findings and applications. It addresses the study of language in society in its broadest sense, as a truly international and interdisciplinary field in which various approaches – theoretical and empirical – supplement and complement each other. The series invites the attention of scholars interested in language in society from a broad range of disciplines – anthropology, education, history, linguistics, political science, and sociology. To discuss your book idea or submit a proposal, please contact Natalie Fecher.

The Oxford Handbook of African Languages

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS The fieldwork for this research was sponsored by the German Society for Endangered Languages ... Language in Ethiopia . ... The Kemantney Language : A sociolinguistic and grammatical study of language replacement .

Author: Rainer Vossen

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780191007378

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 1056

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This book provides a comprehensive overview of current research in African languages, drawing on insights from anthropological linguistics, typology, historical and comparative linguistics, and sociolinguistics. Africa is believed to host at least one third of the world's languages, usually classified into four phyla - Niger-Congo, Afro-Asiatic, Nilo-Saharan, and Khoisan - which are then subdivided into further families and subgroupings. This volume explores all aspects of research in the field, beginning with chapters that cover the major domains of grammar and comparative approaches. Later parts provide overviews of the phyla and subfamilies, alongside grammatical sketches of eighteen representative African languages of diverse genetic affiliation. The volume additionally explores multiple other topics relating to African languages and linguistics, with a particular focus on extralinguistic issues: language, cognition, and culture, including colour terminology and conversation analysis; language and society, including language contact and endangerment; language and history; and language and orature. This wide-ranging handbook will be a valuable reference for scholars and students in all areas of African linguistics and anthropology, and for anyone interested in descriptive, documentary, typological, and comparative linguistics.

A Grammar of the Great Andamanese Language

“inalienable possession in Four Ethiopian languages.” Afrika und Übersee 59: 300–307. ameka, Felix. 1996. “Body parts in Ewe grammar.” in: hilary Chappell & William Mcgregor (eds.). 783–840. anderson, r. 2005. Aspects of the Theory ...

Author: Anvita Abbi

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004246126

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 332

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A Grammar of the Great Andamanese Language is a pioneering piece of work by Anvita Abbi which introduces readers to a unique world of cognition of the people who are remnants of the first migration from Africa 70,000 years before present.