Amharic language Bible - Burgundy Vinyl Cover / United Bible Societies 2015 / R032PL
Vinyl Bound 2015
ISBN: 9789966274229 / 978-9966274229
PUBLISHER: United Bible Societies
LANGUAGE: Amharic / አማርኛ (Amarəñña)
Amharic is one of the Ethiopian Semitic languages, which are a subgrouping within the Semitic branch of the Afroasiatic languages. It is spoken as a first language by the Amharas and as a lingua franca by other populations residing in major cities and towns of Ethiopia.
The Amharic language possibly originated as result of a pidginization process with a Cushitic substratum and a Semitic superstratum to enable communication between people who spoke a mix of different languages. This pidginization of the new language had enabled the soldiers to create communication means independent of the church which used the Geʽez language.
The language serves as the working language of Ethiopia, and is also the working language of several of the states within the Ethiopian federal system. With 21,811,600 total speakers as of 2007, including around 4,000,000 L2 speakers, Amharic is the second-most common language of Ethiopia (after Oromo) and second-most commonly spoken Semitic language in the world (after Arabic).
Amharic is written left-to-right using a system that grew out of the Ge'ez script. The writing system is called Fidäl (ፊደል) in Ethiopian Semitic languages. Fidäl means "script", "alphabet", "letter", or "character" or abugida (አቡጊዳ), from the first four symbols. The modern linguistic term abugida originates from the Ethiopian word.
There is no agreed way of romanising Amharic into Latin script. The Amharic examples in the sections below use one system that is common, though not universal, among linguists specialising in Ethiopian Semitic languages.
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