An Overview Of Central Dizin Phonology And Morphology

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Title: An Overview Of Central Dizin Phonology And Morphology
Author: Beachy, Marvin Dean
Abstract: Dizin (Dizi ) is an Omotic language spoken in Southwest Ethiopia with three main dialects . This thesis focuses on Central Dizin phonology and morphology , but includes some data from Eastern Dizin and Western Dizin . Prolonged language contact with Amharic has affected the sound system of Dizin and numerous Amharic words have been borrowed . Features of the Dizin sound system include glottalized consonants , syllabic nasals , lengthened vowels , three phonemic tone levels and contour tones . Western Dizin has phonemic retroflex consonants . The glottal stop is analyzed as phonemic word initially before nasals , but not phonemic elsewhere . Dizin is polysynthetic and more agglutinative than fusional . Dizin has a stacked (compound ) case system , a switch reference marker on medial verbs , a complex system of relativizing verbs , and interdependent verbs . Most of the words that modify nouns are understood to be relativized verbs .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /10106 /206
Date: 2007-08-23

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An Overview Of Central Dizin Phonology And Morphology. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /10106 /206 .

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