A Typology of Verbal Derivation in Ethiopian Afro-Asiatic Languages (PDF Download)

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Peeling Back the Layers of Ethiopian Afro-Asiatic Verbal Derivation

You’re about to step into a world where language is not just a means of communication, but a complex puzzle that reveals cultural and historical treasures. This book takes you right into the heart of Ethiopian Afro-Asiatic languages, breaking down verbal derivation with a focus on causative, middle, and passive forms in three distinct tongues: Oromo, Amharic, and Shakkinoono.

As someone who speaks these languages and has researched them extensively, I offer an insightful analysis of how they work. Take Oromo for example; you’ll explore its rich array of multiple causative structures in detail. Contrast this with the nuances found in Amharic and Shakkinoono where differentiating between thematic stem vowels and suffixes can present quite the challenge.

But it’s not all about form; it’s also about function. You’ll get to grips with how passives operate uniquely across these languages – sometimes focusing on the patient or agent even when dealing with intransitive verbs – a rarity worldwide.

This isn’t just for linguists who have their sights set on Afro-Asiatic language features or those specialized in argument structure syntax. If you’re a typologist enamored by the breadth of language functions, this exploration is for you as well.

So if you’re keen to expand your understanding of language structures beyond your familiar territory or simply want to appreciate the linguistic diversity within Ethiopia’s borders, this book awaits your curious mind.

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