A Brief Grammar of the Me'en Language

SIL Ethiopia
Publisher Place:
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
i-iv, 37 pages
This brief grammar was developed and written during a work-shop held in November 2011 in Mizan Teferi. The purpose of this book is to make the Me’en community aware of the wealth and variation it inherited with the Me’en lang¬uage. The language possesses an intricate system of forms and rules, which all speakers use in their daily lives, often without being consciously aware of them. Many of these forms and rules are presented in this little book. It also needs to be pointed out that the purpose of this book is not to present a full and comprehensive description of the Me’en language. This would be beyond the scope of this work, and it would require a different approach to the language. Ma¬ny forms of the Me’en language are not even mentioned in here, and some areas of the Me’en grammar have been omitted from this work. Also this book attempts to use terminology which is understandable by a wide audience. The hope is even that it can be translated into the Me’en language to make it fully accessible to all Me’en speakers. Therefore this book will disappoint everyone who wants to see a description of Me’en according to the latest linguistic models and terminology.
Publication Status:
Draft (posted 'as is' without peer review)
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Table of Contents 0 Preface iv 1 Introduction 1 2 Noun 6 3 Modifying the noun phrase7 4 Pronouns and Possessives 11 5 Subjects and Predicates 14 6 Verbs 18 7 Transitive Verbs 22 8 Added Verbs and Verbal Derivations 24 9 Other ways to use noun phrases27 10 Story: Donkey, Dog and Goat 32
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