A Brief Grammar of the Nyangatom Language

SIL Ethiopia
Publisher Place:
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
59 pages
This grammatical sketch was developed during a workshop held from 24 August – 6 September 2011 at the Institute of Indigenous Studies of the University of Dilla. The purpose of this book is to make the Nyangatom community aware of the wealth and variation it inherited with its language. The Nyangatom language possesses an intricate system of forms and rules, which all speakers use in their daily lives, usually 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 scope and purpose of this book is not to present a comprehensive description of the Nyangatom language. This would require a different approach. Many forms of the Nyangatom language are not even mentioned here, and some areas of the Nyangatom grammar have been omitted from this work. Furthermore, this book attempts to use terminology which is understandable by a wider audience. Therefore this work is likely to disappoint those who are looking for a description that employs the latest linguistic models and terminology. It is our hope that this work can one day be translated into the Nyangatom language to make it fully accessible to all Nyangatom speakers.
Publication Status:
Draft (posted 'as is' without peer review)
Table of Contents:
0 Preface iv 1 Introduction 1 2 Noun 4 3 Modifying the noun phrase 12 4 Pronouns and possessives 21 5 Subjects and predicates 26 6 Verbs 31 7 Transitive Verbs 37 8 Added verbs and verbal derivations 39 9 Stative verbs 44 10 Other ways to use noun phrases 46 11 Adverbs 50 12 Story: Donkey, Dog and Goat 52
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