Gedeo language


Gedeo language

language
name=Gedeo
familycolor=Afro-Asiatic
states=Ethiopia
region=Central highland area
speakers=637,082
fam1=Afro-Asiatic
fam2=Cushitic
fam3=East
fam4=Highland
iso3=drs

Gedeo is the name of a Highland East Cushitic language of the Afro-Asiatic family spoken in south central Ethiopia. Alternate names for the language include Derasa, Deresa, Darassa, Geddeo, Derasanya, Darasa. The area where it is spoken is roughly the central highland area, southwest of Dilla and east of Lake Abaya. [Raymond G. Gordon, Jr, ed. 2005. "Ethnologue: Languages of the World". 15th edition. Dallas: Summer Institute of Linguistics.]

The languages has SOV word order. Verbs are marked for person, number, and gender of subject. Verbs are marked for voice: active, causative, middle, and passive.

The New Testament was published in the Gedeo language in 1986, using the Ethiopian syllabary.

Notes

References

* [http://www.ethnologue.com/show_language.asp?code=alw Ethnologue entry for Alaba-K'abeena]
* Wedekind, Klaus. 1980. "Sidamo, Gedeo (Derasa), Burji: Phonological differences and likenesses," "Journal of Ethiopian Studies" 14: 131-76.
* Wedekind, Klaus. 1985. "Gedeo (Derasa) verb morphology and morphophonemics," "The verb morphophonemics of five highland east Cushitic languages, including Burji". Afrikanistische Arbeitspapiere 2. Cologne: Institut für Afrikanistik. Pages 82-109.

External links

* Information on Linguist List [http://linguistlist.org/forms/langs/LLDescription.cfm?code=drs]


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