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A Grammar of Sheko (Omotic) by Hellenthal, Anneke Christine

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In relative clauses, a resumptive pronoun may be present. The resumptive pronoun can occur before its antecedent, which is claimed to be rare cross-lingustically (Keenan 1985:148-149). In possessive 38 constructions, juxtaposed and case-marked noun phrases are employed to signal (in)alienability. In the verb system, modal distinctions in main clauses include Imperative-Jussive (unmarked), Optative, Realis, Irrealis, Obvious and Implicative. Furthermore, negative and interrogative clauses have their own marking.

However, the tone on the minimal pairs n̩ ‘I’ vs. ń ‘we’ cannot be explained by tone rules. Also, the tone of the terminal vowel is unpredictable, see (76) below. 4 A bilabial syllabic nasal? As has been discussed in the previous section, syllabic nasals are phonemic, at least the alveolar syllabic nasal. From the existing literature on Sheko, the status of the bilabial nasal is unclear. The data of the present research are not conclusive either. Aklilu (1994b) posits one alveolar (syllabic) nasal, which assimilates in place.

In the dative first person pronoun, the dative marker is -ŋ̀; in other environments the dative is [ -kŋ̀ ]. Secondly, verb forms of the verb noŋ ‘talk, discuss’ contain an ŋ; the corresponding noun nóógù ‘word, matter, language’ has a voiced velar stop. In Diizi, however, ŋ is phonemic. It is contrastive in word-final position following a vowel, according to Beachy (2005:29). 1 for examples). In initial position, w occurs only preceding the back vowels o and u. Sheko has no contrast between l and r, unlike the other Majoid languages and unlike Benchnon.

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