By M. Lionel Bender
Omotic is the least-known kinfolk within the Afrasian (=Afroasiatic or "Hamito-Semitic") phylum. No book-length synthesis of the relatives has seemed formerly and it's not typically identified that Omotic is a hugely agglutinative relations with many visible Afrasian features. Omotic is found totally inside southwest and west Ethiopia, on each side of the Omo River, from which it takes its identify. a few nonetheless consder Omotic to not be an self sufficient kinfolk, yet relatively West Cushitic. during this monograph, the writer covers all 9 Omotic households in descriptive chapters as follows: 1. Northwest Ometo, 2. Southeast Ometo and C'ara, four. Gimira-Yem (Janjero)-Kefoid, 6. Dizoid, 7. Aroid, eight. Mao. Chs. three and five are analytic chapters masking previous chapters and Ch. nine is an total research, precis, and conclusions. All kinds having adequate documentation (about 30 in quantity) are lined, in addition to notes on others. resources are all to be had released assets which include major linguistic fabric, a lot of them imprecise and hard to acquire, plus wide unpublished fieldnotes of the writer and others. All are absolutely referenced. each one descriptive bankruptcy has an advent that includes nomenclature, destinations, demographic estimates, and a list of major resources. There follows a quick phonological comic strip divided into consonants, vowels, and suprasegmentals and phonotactics. Morphological different types are then taken up within the order: pronouns, together with independents, possessives, verbal affixes, gender, quantity, and case; demonstratives; interrogatives; nouns, together with species and the kinds making use of to pronouns; verbal TMA (tense-mode-aspect) process; copulas and connecters; nominal and verbal derivations. within the comparative research, the writer surveys grammatical formatives by means of relatives and exhibits strength proto-forms the place attainable. Conclusions comprise feedback at the sub-classification of Omotic and the placement of Omotic within the Afrasian phylum.
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