Monthly Archives: February 2012

Folk etymologies in Ethiopia

Ethiopia is a great place for the collection of folk etymologies. If you are interested in toponomy (the study of the history of place names) and unusual explanations and myths surrounding place names, then Ethiopia could become your field of … Continue reading

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Musical instruments: Bamboo trumpets

The aim of my recent fieldtrip to Ethiopia was to document the endangered traditional Baskeet songs. As a linguist, I am, of course, predominately interested in the lyrics of the songs, i.e. the vocabulary, the metaphors, the grammar. However, I … Continue reading

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Questions in languages at the Horn of Africa

Yvonne Treis (CNRS-LLACAN), Marie-Claude Simeone-Senelle (CNRS-LLACAN) and Joachim Crass (Addis Ababa University) are organising the panel “Interrogativity in languages at the Horn of Africa” at the upcoming 18th International Conference of Ethiopian Studies (ICES) in Dire Dawa, Ethiopia, 29 October … Continue reading

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