Cushitic and Omotic Strata in Ongota, a Moribund Language of Uncertain Afﬁliation from Southeast Ethiopia
The Ongota language, recently (1981) rediscovered idiom from southwest Ethiopia, paradoxically belongs to the best described languages of the region, although today the number of its speakers oscillate around 10 old persons, while most of the members of the tribe speak Tsamay. The recent descriptions were realized thanks to three scientiﬁc expeditions to Ongota: (1) Fleming et al. (including Pavel Mikeš, a former member of the Oriental Institute of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic) – 1990; (2) Kusia & Siebert – 1994; (3) Sàva & Tosco – 2000-01. On the basis of these three sources the present article analyzes the lexical data of Ongota common with Cushitic and Omotic.