A Brief Grammar of the Hamer Language

Sponsored By:
SIL Ethiopia
42 pages
This brief grammar was developed and written during a work-shop held in August and September 2011 in Dilla. The purpose of this book is to make the Hamer community aware of the wealth and variation it inherited with the Hamer language. 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 comprehen-sive description of the Hamer language. This would be beyond the scope of this work, and it would require a different ap-proach to the language. Many forms of the Hamer language are not even mentioned in here, and some areas of the Hamer grammar have been omitted from this work. Also this book at-tempts to use terminology which is understandable by a wide audience. The hope is even that it can be translated into the Hamer language to make it fully accessible to all Hamer spea-kers. Therefore this book will disappoint everybody who wants to see a description of Hamer 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 Phrase 8 4 Pronouns and Possessives 14 5 Subjects and Predicates 18 6 Verbs 22 7 Transitive Verbs 26 8 Non-Final Verbs and Verbal Derivations 29 9 Other Ways to Use Noun Phrases 33 10 Story: Donkey, Dog and Goat 39
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