A Brief Grammar of Benc'non

SIL Ethiopia
Publisher Place:
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
59 pages
This brief grammar was developed and written during a workshop held in September-October 2010 in Mizan Teferi. The purpose of this book is to make the Benc’ community aware of the wealth and variation it inherited with Benc’non. 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 Benc’non, the Benc’language. This would be beyond the scope of this work, and it would require a different approach to the language. Many forms of Benc’non are not even mentioned in here, and some areas of the Benc’non grammar have been omitted from this work. Also this book attempts to use terminology which is understandable by a wide audience. A version of this brief grammar is currently being prepared in Benc’non in order to make it fully accessible to all Benc’non speakers. Therefore this book will disappoint everybody who wants to see a description of Benc’non according to the latest linguistic models and terminology.
Publication Status:
Draft (posted 'as is' without peer review)
Table of Contents:
Table of Contents 0 Preface iv 1 Introduction 1 2 Noun 5 3 Modifying the noun phrase 9 4 Pronouns and Possessives 18 5 Subjects and Predicates 24 6 Verbs 32 7 Transitive Verbs 36 8 Non Final Verbs and Verbal Derivations 39 9 Other ways to use noun phrases: semantic roles. Adverbs. 46 10 Story: The Wind and the Sun 54
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