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Notes on Baale (Moges Yigezu & Gerrit J. Dimmendaal)

Moges YIGEZU researcher laureate

°1960 Ethiopia
Master of Arts in Linguistics, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia, 1993

Notes on Baale (Moges Yigezu & Gerrit J. Dimmendaal)

" Notes on Baale " has been published in volume 13* of the Nilo-Saharan Linguistic Analyses and Documentation, which is devoted to Surmic languages and cultures. The article of which Moges Yigezu is the first author, provides basic ethnolinguistic information on Baale, a language spoken by some 9000 people in the border area between Ethiopia en Sudan, and neighbouring languages , based on linguistic fieldwork under difficult circumstances.
The scientific investigation of regional and local languages constitute an important prerequisite for the improvement of educational materials in a country like Ethiopia with over 80 languages. The important role linguistics can play in the social development is being recognized by the Ethiopian government, which has made the provision of basic education in their own language one of her priorities.
The basic linguistic description of the phonology and morphology of Baale, presented in the article, could therefore be of great practical use in the preparation of an orthography, of teaching materials and dictionaries. So will be the Baale-English-Amharic dictionary, which Moges Yigezu is currently compiling together with Gerrit J. Dimmendaal from the Univeristy of Leiden (Holland), who is also the second author of the present article.

*this volume contains a second article written by M. Yigezu " Women in society and female speech among the Suri of Southwestern Ethiopia "