A Brief Grammar of the Banne Language

Date Created:
SIL Ethiopia
Publisher Place:
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
51 pages
This brief grammar was developed and written during a workshop held in August 2011 in Dilla. The purpose of this book is to make the Banna community aware of the wealth and variation it inherited with the Banne 7apo 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 Banne 7apo language. This would be beyond the scope of this work, and it would require a different approach to the language. Many forms of the Banne 7apo language are not even mentioned in here, and some areas of the Banne 7apo 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 Banne 7apo language to make it fully accessible to all Banna speakers. Therefore this book will disappoint everybody who wants to see a description of Banne 7apo 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 10 4 Pronouns and Possessives 19 5 Subjects and Predicates 23 6 Verbs 27 7 Transitive Verbs 33 8 Added Verbs and Verbal Derivations 36 9 Other ways to use noun phrases 42 10 Story: Donkey, Dog and Goat 48
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