Documentation and Description of Hammar Noun Morphology: Banna Dialect in Focus

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Addis Ababa University


Banna is an Omotic language of the Afro-Asiatic language family, and it is Both primary and secondary data were collected in this study. Key informants’ interview was utilized for primary data gathering. not well-studied and documented linguistically. Therefore, this study attempts to document the Noun Morphology of Banna. By way of documenting, the study has included 381 words, 54 phrases and 179 sentences from 15 consultants. The findings of this study reveal that the Banna noun morphology is focused. In other words this noun morphology is considered through inflectional and derivational of the dialect. Particularly, based on inflection, nouns inflected for the purpose of definiteness, number, gender and case. And also, based on derivation, abstract and agentive nouns were discussed. These noun morphology are important guides to constituting and maintaining Banna dialect. Linguistically, these studies have been shown by noun morphology starting with the addition of a suffix or prefix. Therefore, in Banna, the noun morphology terms have to be inherent and clearly indicated by means of lexical items or grammatical markers, or they may be used in combination with various determiners in full NPs. Finally, the documentation of annotation part is also attached to the thesis.



Omotic language of the Afro-Asiatic language family