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In 2008, I also met a few times with Ato Xərata Aləmu, a school teacher who grew up in Goota but has lived in Sheko town for many years. He obtained permission from the wäräda administration to join Qes Pexros, Defera and myself for a six-week tone workshop in Addis Abeba, organised by SIL in June-July 2008, during which we (finally) nailed down most of the tone system. We concentrated on the noun, noun phrase, verb paradigms and simple sentences. We also gained basic knowledge of tone in medial and subordinate clauses; tone in relative clauses is based more on extrapolation.

B. kì=a-k-ə exist=2SG-REAL-STI ‘you were there’ kì=n̩-k-ə exist=1SG-REAL-STI ‘I was there’ (66) a. b. gyādū-s rope-PL ‘ropes’ gyād-n̄-s rope-DEF-M ‘the rope’ (67) a. b. íʃì=tʼùsù-s-k-ə 3PL=know-CAUS-REAL-STI ‘they made known’ íʃì=tʼùs-ǹ-s-k-ə 3PL=know-MIDD-CAUS-REAL-STI ‘they introduced themselves (made themselves known)’ Some word-final pairs are given in (68) and (69). (68) a. b. 7 for examples). The opposition to consonantal nasals is a more complicated issue in Sheko, partly because of the distribution of syllabic nasals and consonantal nasals; and partly because of the scarcity of suffixes starting with a consonantal nasal.

I went to Ethiopa for two fieldwork periods. During both stays, I took courses of a month in Amharic, which I used as a meta-language when necessary. I tried to speak Sheko when possible. The data for this thesis are mostly gathered in Boyta, a place where almost everybody is Sheko, apart from the school teachers. I lived at the house of Ato (Qes)5 Ayna Bejih and his family, who did everything they could to make me feel at home. I stayed with them in January 2005; two times seven weeks during my fieldwork period in the first half of 2006; 15 weeks in total in the first half of 2008 and a few days in February 2009.

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