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Cushitic Lexicon and Phonology

Edited by Grover Hudson


M. Lionel Bender

Edited By Grover Hudson

Cushitic Lexicon and Phonology contains a concise reconstruction of lexical and phonological proto-forms for various stages in the development of Cushitic languages, the largest branch within the Afrasian (Afro-Asiatic) phylum. It is based methodologically on the comparative method of historical linguistics, using sound correspondences as major device for the identification of cognates. This almost-finished study was left by the author upon his untimely death in 2008 and was typographically reworked by the editor.

M. Lionel Bender (1934-2008) was Professor of Linguistics in the Department of Anthropology at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale/USA. He made many important contributions in the areas of Cushitic and Amharic, the Ethiopian language area in general, and especially classification and reconstruction of Nilo-Saharan and Omotic.