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He also took me to Ato Ziiti Bani and Komtu Shewa Tureta, whom we interviewed about Sheko history. Of the neighbors, Meseret Deesa took an interest in working with me, but he had left to study in Awassa when I returned to Boyta in 2008. Others who worked with me one or more times include Qes Wandimu Jarka, Ato Wondu Tadese, Adane Ayna, Mimi Deesa, Ato Ali Bejih, Marta Shibe, Siqaay Xhonu, Shanta Mashku, Mesqerem, and Asxhennaqi Beqele. As Boyta is close to Sheko town, I used to walk every other day to town to recharge my computer.

In the glosses, Sheko names are generally represented in the Sheko orthography, unless a well-known English equivalent exist. Thus, ʂókú is 44 glossed S’oku. In the translation and running text I use , as that name is common in the literature. The Sheko alphabet is presented in Appendix B. 45 2 Phonology This chapter discusses the phonological inventory of Sheko and the possible combinations of sounds. Sheko has 28 consonant phonemes, 5 long and 6 short vowel phonemes and a syllabic nasal phoneme.

B. ’ úm-árá eat-NEG ‘Don’t eatǃ’ (79) a. [ʔ 1SG=eat-exist-REAL k] *[ ʔ k] kʼé-ə remain-STI m-â eat-INF ‘to eat/eating’ In my data: tsʼyākn̄ ‘ashes’; ākā (vocative ákǹ) ‘grandfather’; ʃikʼ ‘be short’; um/ m– ‘eat’, byārn̄ ‘tomorrow’; hāʂkn̄ ‘be wide’; ōrkʼǹ ‘peelings’ (gōpʼārà ‘bark’); kūbm̄ ‘four’; ʂúb ‘die’; tʃʼír–ń–s ‘green’ (tʃʼír ‘be wet, unripe, fresh (maize)’). e. a verb root plus nominal suffixes. 2.

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