My name is Yvonne Treis. I am a linguist and presently working on the documentation and description of Baskeet, a little known language of the Omotic family spoken in Ethiopia.
This blog has accompanied my two-year post-doc project “Documentation of Baskeet song, verbal art and ceremonial language” – a project sponsored by the Endangered Languages Documentation Programme (2011-2013). The project was hosted by the CNRS/INALCO-laboratory LLACAN (Langage, langues et cultures d’Afrique noire). In October 2013, I was employed as a research fellow (chargée de recherche) in the same laboratory, where I continue my documentary and descriptive work of Baskeet. And I continue running this blog.
My interest in Baskeet started in 2008 and I have since travelled
twice three four times to Laska, a small town in the centre of the Baskeet-speaking area.
This is Laska:
In spite of being the administrative center of Basketo, Laska is not indicated on maps available online (e.g. Google maps). But Laska is here:
Other research interests
Half of my research time is dedicated to another Ethiopian language, Kambaata (Cushitic). Kambaata is only distantly related (if at all related) to Baskeet. It is also spoken in the South of Ethiopia, but only a day’s journey southwest of Addis Ababa. Or a day’s journey northeast of Baskeet.