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Volume 46, Issue 3


The enclitic -mm in Amharic: reassessment of a multifunctional morpheme

Girma A. Demeke / Ronny Meyer
Published Online: 2008-05-13 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/LING.2008.020


In this article we examine the enclitic -mm in Amharic and its claimed functions as topic marker and coordinative conjunction. The enclitic -mm has multiple translations into English, and would thus seem to constitute a multifunctional morpheme. In contrast to previous analyses, we argue that the several interpretations of enclitic -mm in discourse are due to different context-dependent readings of its single function, namely as contrastive focus marker.

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Ronny Meyer, SFB 295, Universität Mainz, 55099 Mainz, Germany. E-mail:

Received: 2004-01-07

Revised: 2005-01-20

Published Online: 2008-05-13

Published in Print: 2008-05-01

Citation Information: Linguistics, Volume 46, Issue 3, Pages 607–628, ISSN (Online) 1613-396X, ISSN (Print) 0024-3949, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/LING.2008.020.

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