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1) 1sg subject clitic 1sg possessor prefix 1pl subject clitic 1pl possessor prefix definiteness marker (terminal vowel/ nominalizer) state negation marker middle derivation purpose different subject switch-reference conditional There is only one suffix which starts with a non-syllabic nasal. This is the conjunction -ná ‘or’. Contrasting forms which are morphologically complex can be found. Examples are given in (74) and (75). (74) a. b. fāāfā-ná papaya-or māngō mango ‘papaya or mango’ ééz-ǹ-s-ka honey-DEF-M-COOR ‘the honey and the milk’ (75) a.

B. tà COP-COND (non-syllabic nasal) (syllabic nasal) ‘if it is’ (72) a. b. ’ The (b) examples are subject to optional desyllabification. 63 There are numerous morphemes which start with a syllabic nasal. The morphemes are from nominal as well as verbal domains. A list is presented in (73). 1) 1sg subject clitic 1sg possessor prefix 1pl subject clitic 1pl possessor prefix definiteness marker (terminal vowel/ nominalizer) state negation marker middle derivation purpose different subject switch-reference conditional There is only one suffix which starts with a non-syllabic nasal.

In 2009, a trial orthography was accepted. This development may strengthen the position of the Sheko language in the future. 3 Dialects Sheko is considered one language by all speakers. The main dialects of the Sheko language are usually referred to with place names. People commonly recognize three variants: - Sheko (Sheko wäräda, spoken around Sheko town) - Tepi (around Tepi town, in Yeki wäräda) - Guraferda (Guraferda wäräda) 36 Formerly, dialects called Bulla and Dorsha or Daanyir were reported (Conti Rossini 1937; Straube 1963; SIL 2002), but according to my informants these do not exist, cf.

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