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Examples: p'E⁄lt'e ‘testicles’ mEh ‘money’ 81. [a] open central vowel. Examples: /afe ‘mouth’ wonna ‘return’ 82. [´] half-open central vowel. Examples: b´lte⁄ ‘luck’ δl ‘flour’ wѐ⁄´n ‘cattle’ 83. [o] half close back vowel. Examples: po⁄lu⁄ ‘made a vow’ ko⁄xo ‘love’ 84. [O] half-open back vowel. Examples: wѐ⁄´n ‘cattle’ kOxu ‘crow’ 85. [u] close back vowel. 2 Contrast of comparable vowel phonemes The vowels i, e, u, o and a contrast with È, E, O and ´. The following are examples. 86. /a/ contrasts with /´/ 86a.

The most restricted ejective in terms of distribution is p’. 11 The consonants Î and t’ occur as free variants in word final position. Î occurs in combination with a nasal when in word final position. c#’ and t’ occur also in combination with other consonants as in, boVt’in ‘forget’, dubt’u ‘carry’, gəÂc#’e ‘chin’, etc. Î is reported for the related south Omotic language Aari as a voiced implosive stop (Hayward, 1990:429). tol ‘footprint’ bow ‘direction’ Geminate t´mme⁄ ‘ten’ wonnu⁄ ‘return’ ----- –C da⁄mpe ‘tobacco’ wunt’u⁄ ‘work’ si⁄Nsi⁄ ‘destroy’ C– ba⁄s‹mub ‘fearful’ /o⁄tni⁄ts ‘calf ’ ----- ----- c‹´r⁄ ti ‘emerge’ ba⁄lte ‘forehead’ z´wdÈn ‘put on’ ----- kuybab ‘digger’ ----- dZullu⁄ ‘cheat’ /w/ g´wwu ‘hook worm’ /y/ yi⁄zi⁄ ya⁄yi ma⁄y /iyyi⁄ ‘run’ ‘wolf’ ‘pot’ ‘person’ Table-6: Nasals, liquids and glides and their distribution /l/ /otlu ‘jump’ ----- The nasal consonants m and n are attested in every position of a word.

K’uus bangil buud gomp doom boX saank nits k’iz dolɨɨnd wugɨɨr or mule ‘bone’ ‘jaw’ ‘heart’ ‘back’ ‘foot print/heel’ ‘knee’ ‘floor’ ‘child’ ‘trap’ ‘beetle’ ‘rhinoceros’ The following sections deal with the inflectional morphology of nouns. In these sections definiteness, gender, number, and case are treated. 2 Definiteness The term definite is used to refer to a specific, identifiable entity (or class of entities); it is usually contrasted with indefiniteness (Crystal 2003). The indefinite reference is not morphologically marked in the Dime language.

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