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A subgroup of the Afro-Asiatic language family, spoken in Ethiopia.

[After the Omo River in western Ethiopia.]

O·mot′ic adj.
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Noun1.Omotic - a group of related languages spoken in a valley of southern Ethiopia; closely related to Cushitic languages
Afrasian, Afrasian language, Afroasiatic, Afro-Asiatic, Afroasiatic language, Hamito-Semitic - a large family of related languages spoken both in Asia and Africa
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Culturally akin to the Hamar and Banna peoples and speaking virtually the same South Omotic language, the Bashada are a more or less independent society that distinguishes itself from its neighbours and survives through a combination of livestock herding (mainly goats), shifting cultivation, pottery production and hunting and gathering.
Expressions of time--tense and aspect--are little discussed in most grammatical description of Cushitic, Ethio-Semitic, Nilo-Saharan, and Omotic languages spoken at the Horn of Africa, so linguists here seek to fill the void.
1925) began preaching a message of renewal and liberation to his compatriots, the Omotic peoples of southern Ethiopia.
in Ethiopia, offers an extended study of ethnobotany in this work, where plant names and uses are compiled for the Awi, Gumuz, and Shinasha people of Ethiopia, who speak, respectively, languages in the Cushitic, Nilo-Saharan, and Omotic families.
High East Cushitic *yV- means 'to say', South Cushitic *yV- means 'to say' and Omotic * yV- means 'to say'.
The Dravidian and Egyptian families have disappeared altogether, while the Omotic and Malayo-Polynesian families have been added.
The same construction-level overlap with complementation can in fact be found with finite constructions of purpose in some other languages, as in the Omotic language Maale, where the conjunction gudi in combination with a verb marked for the future imperfective can be used both as a complement to a manipulative or desiderative verb, as in (34) below, or as a purpose clause, as in (35).
There are twelve Ethio-Semitic languages, including Amharic and Tigrinya; twenty-two Cushitic languages, including Oromiffa, Somali, Sidamigna, and Afarigua; eighteen Omotic languages, including Welaitigna and Keffigna; and eighteen Nilo-Saharan languages, including Gumuz, Nuer, and Anyuak.