Masters of Applied Linguistics and Exegesis Thesis Defence, "Mosiye Phonology”

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Trinity Western University
CanIL, Room 208
7600 Glover Road
Langley, BC

By: Erika Harlow

Supervisor: Dr. Rod Casali

Second Reader: Dr. Keith Snider

Third Reader: Dr. Andreas Joswig, SIL Ethiopia

Exam Chair: Dr. Bill Gardner


This thesis is a description of the phonology of Mositacha, a Lowland East Cushitic language of the Afro-Asiatic family, based on original field research. Mositacha is spoken approximately by 6,000 Mosiye people who live in the North Omo Zone of the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People‘s Region in southwestern Ethiopia. Very little has been written on the Mositacha language. With the exception of a brief overview of the phonology in Wondwosen‘s recent grammar (2015), which identifies the consonant and vowel phonemes, notes the presence of consonant gemination and vowel length, and briefly comments on tone, there has been no systematic study on the Mositatcha phonology. This thesis offers a more comprehensive study on the phonology of Mositacha.  It examines consonant and vowel phonemes, syllable structure, phonotactics, phonological processes and tone. Of particular interest in this phonology are marginal consonant phonemes which may be attributed to ongoing language shift, phonemic vowel length, consonant sequences and gemination, and a description of pitch patterns in words in isolation.