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ERIC Number: EJ1075334
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 23
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: EISSN-1934-5275
Notes from the Field: Baskeet Phonological Sketch and Digital Wordlist
Treis, Yvonne; Werth, Alexander
Language Documentation & Conservation, v8 p810-832 2014
In literature, "Baskeet," also known by the Amharic term, "Basketo," is an Omotic language spoken by about 80,000 speakers in the Basketo Special Woreda and in the Melokoza Woreda of the Gamo-Gofa Zone in the Southern Region of Ethiopia. Baskeet (ISO 639-3 code: bst) belongs to the Ometo branch of North Omotic and is hitherto little studied. After an introduction to the sound system of the language in section 2, this work presents a list of about 200 Baskeet words in a phonemic and a broad phonetic transcription with tone marking. The lexical items of the list in section 3 were drawn from the first author's lexical and textual database, which had been established during fieldwork in different villages of the Basketo Special Woreda. The aim of this publication is to make verifiable lexical data available to a wider public for the comparison of Ometo languages (and dialects). To date, phonological descriptions of Baskeet and historical/comparative works on Ometo languages are based on sets of largely unreliable and inconsistent data, which were collected many decades ago and from speakers living outside the speaker area.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Ethiopia
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