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By M. Lionel Bender

Omotic is the least-known relatives within the Afrasian (=Afroasiatic or "Hamito-Semitic") phylum. No book-length synthesis of the kin has seemed formerly and it's not in most cases identified that Omotic is a hugely agglutinative family members with many noticeable Afrasian features. Omotic is found solely 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 sustaining relations, yet particularly 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 overlaying previous chapters and Ch. nine is an total research, precis, and conclusions. All types having adequate documentation (about 30 in quantity) are lined, in addition to notes on others. resources are all on hand released resources which comprise major linguistic fabric, a lot of them vague and hard to procure, plus wide unpublished fieldnotes of the writer and others.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 an inventory 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 types utilizing to pronouns; verbal TMA (tense-mode-aspect) approach; copulas and connecters; nominal and verbal derivations. within the comparative research, the writer surveys grammatical formatives by way of kin and shows 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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