Burji language


Burji language

language
name=Burji
familycolor=Afro-Asiatic
states=Ethiopia, Kenya
region=South of Lake Ciamo
speakers=42,731
fam1=Afro-Asiatic
fam2=Cushitic
fam3=East
fam4=Highland
iso3=bji

Burji language (alternate names: "Bembala, Bambala, Daashi") is an Afro-Asiatic language spoken by the Burji people who reside in Ethiopia south of Lake Chamo. There are also 7,000 speakers in Kenya. It belongs to the Highland East Cushitic group of the Cushitic branch of the Afro-Asiatic family. [Raymond G. Gordon, Jr, ed. 2005. "Ethnologue: Languages of the World". 15th edition. Dallas: Summer Institute of Linguistics.]

The language has the SOV (Subject-Verb-Object) word order common to the Cushitic family. The verb morphology distinguishes passive and middle grammatical voice, as well as causative. Verbal suffixes mark the person, number, and gender of the subject.

Notes

References

* [http://www.ethnologue.com/show_language.asp?code=bji Ethnologue entry for Burji]
* Amborn, Hermann, and Alexander Kellner. 1999. "Burji Vocabulary of Cultural Items. An Insight into Burji culture. Based on the field notes of Helmut Straube," "Afrikanistische Arbeitspapiere" 58: 5-67.
* Sasse, Hans-Jürgen. 1982. "Etymological Dictionary of Burji" (Kuschitische Sprachstudien 1). Hamburg: Buske.
* Sasse, Hans-Jürgen and Helmut Straube. 1977. "Kultur und Sprache der Burji," "Süd-Aethiopien: Ein Abriss, Zur Sprachgeschichte und Ethnohistorie in Afrika". Ed. Wilhelm J. G. Moehlig, Franz Rottland and Bernd Heine. Berlin. Pages 239-266.
* Wedekind, Charlotte. 1985. "Burji verb morphology and morphophonemics,"‭ "The verb morphophonemics of five highland east Cushitic languages, including Burji". Afrikanistische Arbeitspapiere 2. Cologne: Institut für Afrikanistik. Pages 110-145.
* Wedekind, Klaus. 1980. "Sidamo, Darasa (Gedeo), Burji: phonological differences and likenesses," "Journal of Ethiopian Studies" 14:131-176.

External links

Information on the Linguist list [http://linguistlist.org/forms/langs/LLDescription.cfm?code=bji]


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