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Y y Sherkole Sherkole Asosa Asosa Zone Zone 11 Gambella Gambella Pagak Pagak ! ! ! ! Tongo Tongo SW SW Kurmuk Kurmuk ! ! ! ! ! ! Al Al AlHawatah Hawatah Hawatah Gedaref Gedaref " " " " " " " " ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Tesseney Tesseney Wad Wad El El Hileau Hileau Um Gargour Um Gargour Abuda Abuda Shagarab I,II,III Shagarab I,II,III Kilo Kilo 26 26 Kasha Kasha El El Girba Girba As of September 2006 Ethiopia ! ! ! ! 100 100 Galcaio Galcaio Galcaio Galcaio Galcaio Galcaio ! ! !

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4 pause. 1. 1: Sidaama Consonant Phonemes This language has a series of ejectives (/p’/, /t’/, /k’/, /c’/), like other Eastern Cushitic languages (Hudson 1976) and like other Ethiopian languages (Ferguson 1976: 66-67). Although the favored place of articulation for ejectives is the back of the mouth in many languages including a number of Cushitic languages (Greenberg 1970: 127), Sidaama has /p’/. 2). 2, there is a morphophonemic rule (specifically, the epenthesis of /i/) that applies to consonant clusters including /’m/, /’n/, and /’l/ that would not apply to them if they were single consonants instead of consonant clusters.

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