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Title: THE MORPHOLOGY OF KOORETE
Authors: REDDA, BELETU
Advisors: Dr. Haile Eyesus Engdashet
Keywords: Koorete
descriptive
inflection
derivation
nouns
pronouns
verbs
adjectives
postpositions
numerals
compound nouns
number
gender
definiteness
case
abstract
manner
result
infinitive
imperfective
perfective
aspect
tense
mood
negation
passive
causative
reciprocal
frequentative
semantic field
quinary
Copyright: 2003
Date Added: 19-Apr-2008
Publisher: Addis Ababa University
Abstract: This study attempts to provide a descriptive account of the inflection and derivation of Koorete nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, postpositions, numerals and some compound nouns and adjectives are also discussed thoroughly. Thus, it has been found out that Koorete nouns are inflected for number, gender, definiteness and case. Moreover, nominals such as abstract, manner and result may be derived form other nouns, verbs and adjectives. The different forms of the pronouns and their inflections are discussed in some detail. Koorete verbs may be categorized into three principal classes according to their forms: infinitive, perfective and imperfective. Moreover, the verbs show simple and complex verbal morphology, in which the complex verb form repeats itself in the structure. The study has also shown that Koorete verbs are inflected for aspect, tense, mood, gender, number, person, and negation. In addition verbs such as passive, causative, reciprocal and frequentative may be derived from infinitive form of the verb. Furthermore, the different types of adverbs, adjectives, postpositions, and numerals have been discussed, and as the result I have identified three types of adverbs, i.e. place, time and manner adverbs. Manner adverbs can be derived from adjectives. With regard to adjectives, they are grouped into six semantic fields, such as value, age, color, dimension, physical property, and human propensity. They are found to be inflected for number, definiteness and case, and are derived form nouns and verbs. All postpositions of Koorete are independent words, which stand alone in a structure. The numeral system of Koorete is that of quinary in which it has the base form from one to five. In the sections where we dealt with compound words, the study indicated that Koorete allows compound words formed from Noun + Noun, Noun + Adjective, Noun + Verb, Numeral + Noun, and Adjective + Adjective sequences.
Description: A THESIS SUBMITTED TO THE SCHOOL OF GRADUATE STUDIES OF ADDIS ABABA UNIVERSITY IN PARTIAL FULFILLMENT OF THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DEGREE OF MASTER OF ARTS IN LINGUISTICS
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/624
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