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ADDR ‘oh my friend’ úkʼ-ń-s-ka milk-DEF-M-COOR 64 d. ’ Given the number of grammatical morphemes containing n̩, the clear opposition to vowels and the opposition to consonantal nasals, as well as the distribution of tone on the syllabic nasal, the syllabic nasal can be established as an independent phoneme of Sheko. The following remark relates to the tone on syllabic nasals. The tone of most morphemes in (73) is predictable from the preceding tone. g. g. for DS, COND). After nouns, the definiteness marker has tone 1 if the noun is monosyllabic and otherwise it has the same tone as the terminal vowel would have.

Daanyir’ is a Majangir clan with many people from Sheko origin, according to Unseth (1998). While Sheko and Tepi variants do not differ much from each other, the most divergent dialect appears to be the Guraferda variant. People in Sheko town can tell a few words which are different in the Guraferda and Tepi variant (the item ‘four’ is popular: kūbm̄ in Sheko vs. kīrkū in Tepi and Guraferda). Generally, the people in Sheko do not know in what other respects the Guraferda variant is different, but they do not readily understand the dialect since most Shekos have hardly any contact with people from Guraferda.

In possessive 38 constructions, juxtaposed and case-marked noun phrases are employed to signal (in)alienability. In the verb system, modal distinctions in main clauses include Imperative-Jussive (unmarked), Optative, Realis, Irrealis, Obvious and Implicative. Furthermore, negative and interrogative clauses have their own marking. g. for politeness and reported speech, whereas a direct stance marker makes an utterance more direct and less polite. e. cosubordinate verbs which have no aspectual and modal markers (although the tone on the verb stem indicates modal distinction to a degree).

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