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Kīrkū in Tepi and Guraferda). Generally, the people in Sheko do not know in what other respects the Guraferda variant is different, but they do not readily understand the dialect since most Shekos have hardly any contact with people from Guraferda. ” People from Guraferda identify themselves and the language they speak as Sheko. They usually understand speakers from Sheko town better than vice versa. Below, a few examples of lexical differences between the Sheko and Guraferda variants are given.

The schwa (ə) has no long counterpart like the other vowels. Its pronunciation varies; for some people, including my consultants from the Boyta area, the schwa somewhat 57 resembles [e], while for others it is almost pronounced as [ɑ]. g. the indirect stance marker -ə. ’ ‘maize’ According to one language consultant, the independent pronouns given in (56) also have a schwa. However, all other consultants disagreed. (56) yeta ~ yəta nata ~ nəta náta ~ nə́ta ‘you (sg)’ ‘I’ ‘we’ The status of schwa in Omotic is difficult.

The opposition to consonantal nasals is a more complicated issue in Sheko, partly because of the distribution of syllabic nasals and consonantal nasals; and partly because of the scarcity of suffixes starting with a consonantal nasal. But with help of simple and morphologically complex words, opposition to consonantal nasals can be found in the same environment (the dot indicates a syllable boundary): (70) a. b. -k-ə exist=1PL-REAL-STI (non-syllabic nasal) (syllabic nasal) ‘we are there’ (71) a.

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