Authored by: Lutz Edzard

The Semitic Languages

Print publication date:  March  2019
Online publication date:  March  2019

Print ISBN: 9780415731959
eBook ISBN: 9780429025563
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Amharic (ʔamarɨɲɲa) is the main modern exponent of the Southern Ethio-Semitic branch and is to be associated with Argobba, Eastern Gurage and Harari. The term most probably derives from the region Amhara (ʔamara) in the northern and central highlands of Ethiopia (Map 9.1). Following a widely accepted study by Hetzron (1972), Amharic should not be considered a direct offspring of Gɨʕɨz but rather a descendent of an early common Ethio-Semitic language.

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