The Tigrinya Language

Tigrinya is an Ethio-Semitic language spoken in Eritrea and northern Ethiopia.

The name "Tigrinya" should not be confused with "Tigre", which is a closely related language also spoken in Eritrea; nor with "Tigray", which is a province of Ethiopia and one of the places where Tigrinya is spoken.

Prepared by Gene Buckley.

I have worked on the nature of root morphology in the language -- how association of consonants occurs, and the gradient nature of consonant cooccurrence restrictions -- as well as the question of whether historical Semitic vowel length still exists in modern Tigrinya. Specific references, and in some cases links to pdf files, can be seen on my curriculum vitae.

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