Definition of Omotic in English:


Line breaks: Omot¦ic
Pronunciation: /əʊˈmɒtɪk


[mass noun]
  • A subfamily of Afro-Asiatic languages spoken in Ethiopia, with over thirty members, all having comparatively few speakers.
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    • The vast majority of the languages spoken in the country can be classified within three families of the Afro-Asiatic super language family: the Semitic, Cushitic, and Omotic.


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  • Denoting or belonging to Omotic.
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    • In the south and southwest, the Omotic family of languages are spoken by many smaller tribal groups.
    • Lameen has an intriguing post questioning whether the Omotic languages of eastern Africa are (as they are said to be) part of the Afro-Asiatic family.
    • Omotic speakers have been influenced linguistically and otherwise by Nilo-Saharan groups to the west and by East Cushitic groups surrounding them.


1970s: from Omo, the name of a river in SW Ethiopia, + -otic.

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