A grammar of dime by Mulugeta Seyoum

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These types of syllables are present in Dime and are presented in examples (111 e and f). In Dime a sequence of consonants occurs only in word medial and final positions. The number of consonants in a sequence is just two consonants. In syllables, the onset can not be more than one consonant while the coda can be occupied by two consonants. The nucleus of the syllable can be a short or long vowel. The possible syllable types of Dime are: 111a. CV na⁄ nu⁄ ‘she’ ‘he’ Phonology 111b. CVC kaf lag 33 ‘wait’ ‘friend’ 111c.

37. 38. 39. 40. 41. 42. 43. ’ [b] [m] [mi⁄c‹i⁄] [bic‹i⁄] ‘sister’ ‘skin’ [m] [n] [mu⁄ku⁄] [nu⁄⁄ku⁄] ‘huge’ ‘nose’ [N] [n] [yi⁄Ni⁄] [/i⁄ni⁄] [si⁄Nsi⁄] [si⁄ndi] ‘see’ ‘today’ ‘destroy’ ‘wheat’ [t] [d] [wutu⁄] [/u⁄du⁄] ‘get out’ ‘put’ [t'] [t] [t’i⁄s‹t] [ti⁄s‹s‹] ‘sneeze’ ‘ripe crop’ [d] [Î] [Îi⁄le] [do⁄o⁄ttu] ‘medicine’ ‘leg’ [t] [ts] [/itse⁄] [/itee] ‘teeth ‘back of the neck’ [s] [z] [su⁄u⁄lu] [zu⁄u⁄lu ] ‘heat’ ‘rainbow’ [s‹] [z‹] [ti⁄s‹s‹] [c‹’ii⁄z‹z‹] ‘ripe crop’ ‘tuber’ Phonology 44. 45. 46. 47.

I⁄y–i⁄s gic‹c‹o⁄-b sun–DEF big-M Intended meaning: ‘The sun is big’ Some words referring to entities that have natural sex have different lexical forms for feminine and masculine. Examples: 20a. 20b. 20c. 20d. /amze woman’ gos‹tu ‘man’ /aNse⁄ ‘female lamb (goat/sheep)’ (equivalent to k’eb in Amharic) s’u⁄mpu ‘male lamb (goat/sheep) (equivalent to t’äbbot in Amharic) To indicate the gender of a person among many persons, the numeral wo⁄kkil ‘one’ which singles out such a referent is marked for gender.

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