Monthly Archives: November 2012

Ethiopian English: Grocery = bottle shop

Today’s post is not about Baskeet, the Omotic language I am presently working on, but on Ethiopian English. When I was in Ethiopia recently I was again intrigued by the meaning shifts that some English words have undergone in Ethiopian … Continue reading

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Gallery: Baskeet lyre players

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My last two posts have dealt with the lyre, the most important musical instrument in Baskeet. During my last fieldtrip in Baskeet I have worked with a number of lyre players who readily shared their musical knowledge with me. In … Continue reading

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The techniques and vocabulary of lyre playing

In my last post, the Baskeet lyre (zimbi) has been portrayed. Today, I take a look at the vocabulary of lyre playing. In the Baskeet language, playing a lyre is literally expressed as “blowing” a lyre. The central meaning of … Continue reading

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