Highland East Cushitic languages


Highland East Cushitic languages

Infobox Language family
name=Highland East Cushitic
altname=Sidamic
region=Ethiopia
familycolor=Afro-Asiatic
fam1=Afro-Asiatic
fam2=Cushitic
child1=Alaba-K'abeena
child2=Burji
child3=Gedeo
child4=Hadiyya
child5=Kambaata
child6=Libido
child7=Sidamo

Highland East Cushitic is a branch in south-central Ethiopia of the Afro-Asiatic language family. They are often grouped with Lowland East Cushitic, Dullay, and Yaaku as East Cushitic, but that group is not well defined and considered dubious.

Except for Burji, the languages are closely related. Hadiyya and Libido are especially close, as are Kambaata and Alaba. The most populous language is Sidamo, with close to two million speakers.

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References

* [http://www.ethnologue.com/show_family.asp?subid=91896 Ethnologue entry for Highland East Cushitic languages]
*Hudson, Grover. 1981. The Highland East Cushitic family vine. "Sprache und Geschichte in Afrika" 3.97-124.
*Hudson, Grover. 1988. The Highland Cushitic hypothesis. "Proceedings of the Eighth International Conference of Ethiopian Studies" (Addis Ababa, 1984), Taddese Beyene, ed., 693-696. Birmingham, England: Elm Press.
*Hudson, Grover. 1989. "Highland East Cushitic Dictionary" (Kuschitische Sprachstudien 7). Hamburg: Buske.
*Hudson, Grover. 2005. Highland East Cushitic languages, "Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics", 2nd ed., Keith Brown, ed., 294-298. Elsevier: Oxford.
*Hudson, Grover. 2007a. Highland East Cushitic morphology, "Morphologies of Asian and African Languages", vol. 1, Alan S. Kaye, ed., 529-545. Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns.
*Wedekind, Klaus. 1980. Sidamo, Gedeo (Derasa), Burji: Phonological differences and likenesses.‭ "Journal of Ethiopian Studies" 14: 131-76.
*Wedekind, Klaus. 1990. "Generating narratives: interrelations of knowledge, text variants, and Cushitic focus strategies".‭ Trends in Linguistics. Studies and Monographs, 52. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.


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