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Language death in Mesmes; a sociolinguistic and historical-comparative examination of a disappearing Ethiopian-Semitic language.

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Language death in Mesmes; a sociolinguistic and historical-comparative examination of a disappearing Ethiopian-Semitic language.

Ahland, Michael Bryan.

Internat'l Academic Bookstore

2010

142 pages

$25.00

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SIL International and the U. of Texas at Arlington publications in linguistics; 145

PJ9288

Of the 14 or so distinct speech varieties of the Gurage cluster in the highlands to the south and southwest of Addis Ababa, explains Ahland (linguistics, U. of Oregon), Mesmes has escaped all but the most cursory academic attention. He documents the placement of Mesmes within Gurage as part of the Peripheral West Gurage subgroup, presents new evidence of a close relationship between Endegeny and Mesmes, and examines the contact-induced changes that have taken place in Mesmes as as result of borrowing from Hadiyya. The language is no longer spoken, he reports, the people having shifted to the closely related Hadiyya, but in 2001 he did find one speaker, whom members of his community consider the terminal speaker of Mesmes. The study is not indexed.

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Date:Nov 1, 2010
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