A Brief Grammar of the Sheko Language

SIL Ethiopia
Publisher Place:
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
i-iii, 39 pages
This booklet presents a brief grammar sketch of the Sheko language (S’oku noogu, not to be confused with Shekkinoono, which is a different language). This brief grammar was developed and written during a workshop held in December 2010 in Mizan Teferi. The purpose of this book is to make the Sheko community aware of the wealth and variation it inherited with the Sheko 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 comprehensive description of the Sheko language. This would be beyond the scope of this work, and it would require a different approach to the language. Many forms of the Sheko language are not even mentioned in here, and some areas of the Sheko grammar have been omitted from this work. Also, this book will disappoint everybody who wants to see a description of Sheko according to the latest linguistic models and terminology, because this book attempts to use terminology which is understandable by a wide audience. The hope is even that it can be translated into the Sheko language to make it fully accessible to all Sheko speakers.
Publication Status:
Draft (posted 'as is' without peer review)
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Table of Contents 0 Preface 1 1 Introduction 2 2 Nouns 8 3 Noun phrase 11 4 Pronouns and Possessives 17 5 Subjects and (non-verbal) Predicates 20 6 Verbs 24 7 Non Final Verbs and Verbal Derivations 29 8 Other ways to use noun phrases 32 9 Story: The North Wind and the Sun 37
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