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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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Lightfoot Travel agent, Steph-who was born and raised in Ethiopia herself-was approached by clients who were eager to be introduced to the Hamer tribe, an Omotic community based in the southwestern region of Ethiopia, famous for their 'bull-jumping' coming of age ceremony and distinctively dyed red hair.
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.
The three ethnic groups speak related languages (Omotic languages) and share a considerable cultural similarity while they had big differences in terms of political organization.
Strictly semantic systems of gender assignment are only found in 8 of the 84 gendered languages within the sample: Bila (Bantu), Dahalo (Cushitic), Dime (South Omotic), Dizin (Dizoid), Kinshasa Lingala (Bantu), Koorete (Ta-Ne-Omotic), Masai (Eastern Nilotic), Mwaghavul (Chadic).
1888-ca.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'.
Other languages have been added: Tigrinya, Beja (Cushitic), Bilin (Cushitic), Gawwada (Cushitic), Highland East Cushitic, Bade (Chadic), Glavda (Chadic), Mokilko (Chadic), Omotic, Sanskrit, Tsez (Caucasian), Indonesian, and Ket (unaffiliated).
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).
The languages of Ethiopia belong to four language families: Ethio-Semitic, Cushitic, Omotic, and Nilo-Saharan.
Until recently, the Omotic languages were considered a subgroup of the Cushitic languages, but most linguists now consider them a separate but closely related branch of the Afro-Asiatic languages.