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        1.    Kazuhiro Kawachi, A Grammar of Sidaama (Sidamo), a Cushitic Language of Ethiopia

Message 1: A Grammar of Sidaama (Sidamo), a Cushitic Language of Ethiopia
Date: 21-Dec-2007
From: Kazuhiro Kawachi <kazuhirokawachigmail.com>
Subject: A Grammar of Sidaama (Sidamo), a Cushitic Language of Ethiopia
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Institution: State University of New York at Buffalo
Program: Department of Linguistics
Dissertation Status: Completed
Degree Date: 2007

Author: Kazuhiro Kawachi

Dissertation Title: A Grammar of Sidaama (Sidamo), a Cushitic Language of Ethiopia

Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation

Subject Language(s): Sidamo (sid)

Dissertation Director:
Matthew S. Dryer
Jürgen Bohnemeyer
Leonard Talmy

Dissertation Abstract:

The present study describes the grammatical structure of Sidaama, a
Highland East Cushitic language spoken in the south-central part of
Ethiopia. Sidaama is spoken by over 1,800,000 people, but there has been
relatively little research on the language.

Chapter 1 (introduction) gives background information on the Sidaama
language and the Sidaama people, briefly reviews previous studies, and
discusses the methodology used in the present study.

Chapters 2-5 use basic linguistic theory (Dixon 1997, Dryer 2006) to
describe the phonology and morphosyntax of Sidaama, and Chapter 6
examines the event integration patterns (Talmy 1991, 2000b) as one
property of semantic structuring in this language.

Chapter 2 (phonology) lists the phonemes, the consonant clusters, and the
geminates, describes suprasegmentals (syllables and moras, pitch accent,
intonation, and pause), and presents morphophonemic rules.

Chapter 3 (parts of speech) describes characteristics of parts of speech.
The topics discussed in this chapter include types of nouns and verbs,
similarities between adjectives and nouns and between adjectives and
verbs, various pronominal forms, and clitics.

Chapter 4 (morphology) discusses reduplication of verb roots, suprafixes
on nouns and adjectives, and suffixes on nouns, adjectives, and verbs. It
also examines the ordering relationship of the suffixes.

Chapter 5 (syntax) discusses four topics on the syntax of Sidaama. The
first section looks into grammatical relations in terms of how they are
coded and in what constructions they occur. The second topic of Chapter 5
is word order. The third section of Chapter 5 discusses two types of
external possessor constructions, the oblique possessum external
possessor construction and the dative possessor external possessor
construction. The fourth section examines the structures of relative clauses
and the types of elements that can be relativized.

Chapter 6 (semantics) examines the semantic structure of Sidaama, which
shows characteristics of a verb-framed language, in terms of how it
expresses different types of events, using Talmy's (1985, 1991, 2000b)
typological framework of event integration. It investigates how the
schematic and the non-schematic components of the five types of events
(motion, state change, realization, temporal contouring, and action
correlating) appear morphosyntactically in this language.

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