Details

Title

Omotic numerals. Dedicated to the memory of Andrzej Zaborski (1942–2014)

Journal title

Folia Orientalia

Yearbook

2017

Numer

vol. LIV

Publication authors

Keywords

Cushitic ; Omotic ; Ethio-Semitic ; Afroasiatic ; Nilo-Saharan ; etymology ; borrowing

Divisions of PAS

Nauki Humanistyczne i Społeczne

Abstract

More than 30 years ago Andrzej Zaborski (1983; 1987 {1983}) collected and analyzed all Cushitic and Omotic numerals, which were described in his time, and tried to analyze their internal structure. His two pioneering studies stimulated the present attempt to collect all available relevant data about Omotic numerals and to analyze them in both genetic (Afroasiatic) and areal (Cushitic, Ethio-Semitic and Nilo-Saharan) perspectives, all at the contemporary level of our knowledge. With respect to the long mutual interference between various groups of Cushitic and Omotic languages, it is necessary to study the numerals in both the language families together. The presented material is organized in agreement with the genetic classification of these languages. On the basis of concrete forms in individual languages the protoforms in partial groups are reconstructed, if it is possible, and these partial protoforms of numerals in the daughter protolanguages are finally compared to determine the inherited forms. The common cognates are finally compared with parallels in other Afroasiatic branches, if exist, or with counterparts in Ethio-Semitic or Nilo-Saharan languages, if they could be borrowed from or adapted into the Cushitic or Omotic languages.

Publisher

Polish Academy of Sciences — Cracow Branch

Date

2017.12.15

Type

Artykuł

Identifier

ISSN 0015-5675

×