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Usually, only one translation is given (often based on the context of the example) where several translations lie within the semantic scope (in or out of context). For instance, an Irrealis form can be rendered only with a deontic modal verb form (should), whereas other modal values (could, would) as well as habitual and generic also fall within the scope of the Irrealis. In the glosses, Sheko names are generally represented in the Sheko orthography, unless a well-known English equivalent exist.

Tʼùsù-s-k-ə 3PL=know-CAUS-REAL-STI ‘they made known’ íʃì=tʼùs-ǹ-s-k-ə 3PL=know-MIDD-CAUS-REAL-STI ‘they introduced themselves (made themselves known)’ Some word-final pairs are given in (68) and (69). (68) a. b. 7 for examples). The opposition to consonantal nasals is a more complicated issue in Sheko, partly because of the distribution of syllabic nasals and consonantal nasals; and partly because of the scarcity of suffixes starting with a consonantal nasal. But with help of simple and morphologically complex words, opposition to consonantal nasals can be found in the same environment (the dot indicates a syllable boundary): (70) a.

The main dialects of the Sheko language are usually referred to with place names. People commonly recognize three variants: - Sheko (Sheko wäräda, spoken around Sheko town) - Tepi (around Tepi town, in Yeki wäräda) - Guraferda (Guraferda wäräda) 36 Formerly, dialects called Bulla and Dorsha or Daanyir were reported (Conti Rossini 1937; Straube 1963; SIL 2002), but according to my informants these do not exist, cf. Aklilu (1988:vi). ‘Daanyir’ is a Majangir clan with many people from Sheko origin, according to Unseth (1998).

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