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Periodical article Periodical article Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue WorldCat catalogue WorldCat
Title:The beginnings of African linguistics
Author:Fellman, Jack
Year:1978
Periodical:African Studies
Volume:37
Issue:2
Pages:305-307
Language:English
Geographic term:Ethiopia
Subject:Ethiopian-Semitic languages
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/00020187808707524
Abstract:African linguistic studies may be said to have begun in Europe in Rome during the sixteenth century, with a study of classical Ethiopic (Ge'ez) by Johann Potken. Amharic, the African Semitic language which is the national language of Ethiopia, is one of the first African languages to have received extended grammatical treatment. The first scientific grammar of Amharic, by Job Ludolf (Hiob Leutholf), appeared in Frankfurt in 1698. The first Amharic grammar by a native Ethiopian, however, appeared only in 1905, in Rome. It was prepared by Afwrq Gbra Iysus (Ghevre Jesus Afevork). Ref.
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