PANEL 6.03

Finiteness in Ethiopian Languages

Coordination:
Ronny Meyer , Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia;
Joachim Crass , Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia.

The finite/non-finite distinction frequently occurs in grammars but there is no general consensus regarding a cross-linguistic definition of finiteness (see Nikolaeva 2007). While some scholars consider finiteness to be a phrasal category, mainly defined by TAM and person marking, other believe that it is a clausal category which also encompasses illocutionary force, i.e. markers of assertion, questions, etc.
With regard to Ethiopian languages, the finite/non-finite distinction displays a high degree of cross-linguistic variability, even within the same linguistic sub-families. In Ethiosemitic, for instance, independent affirmative clauses with an imperfective verb may contain only the inflected verb (e.g., Ge’ez or Tigrinya), or additional obligatorily information for tense (e.g., Amharic), focus (e.g., Zay; also Somali), or illocutionary force (e.g., Muher, Kistane). Further, several unsettled debates mainly center on finiteness, e.g., whether “converbs” exist in Ethiosemitic languages or about the function of the additional morphemes on main clause verbs in Highland East Cushitic languages, etc.
The aim of this panel is to give an overview about the variability of finiteness in Ethiopian languages in order to investigate whether there are common constructions for finiteness and, if yes, how they may have emerged.

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SELECTED PAPERS

Prof.

BAYE YIMAM

Movement in Amharic

Dr.

BULAKH Maria

Multiple exponence in imperfective paradigms of Transversal South Ethio-Semitic languages

Dr.

CRASS Joachim

Degrees of finiteness in Libido

Prof.

EDZARD Lutz

The finite–infinite dichotomy in a comparative Semitic perspective

Dr.

MEYER Ronny

Finiteness in Gurage languages

Mr

MULUSEW ASRATIE

Predicate Case in Amharic premary and secondary predication

Prof. Dr.

WENINGER Stefan

Wandering along the border of finiteness: The Ethio-Semitic converb(s) in a diachronic perspective

PAPER SUBMISSION

Authors are advised to submit their paper to the Organizing Committee
before September 30, 2012
.

Papers will be published as pre-proceedings on the website, under each panel section.

Papers should be limited to ca. 5000 words or 30,000 signs (including spaces).

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Guidelines to authors for formatting papers:

Transilteration systems for Ethiosemitic languages



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