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Periodical article Periodical article Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue WorldCat catalogue WorldCat
Title:The formative period in Amharic studies
Author:Fellman, Jack
Periodical:African Studies
Geographic term:Ethiopia
Subject:Ethiopian-Semitic languages
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/00020188008707561
Abstract:The most complete and detailed descriptive grammar of Amharic, the African Semitic tongue which is the national language of Ethiopia, is Marcel Cohen's 'Traité de langue amharique' (1936) and its supplement 'Nouvelles études d'éthiopien méridional' (1939). These works marked the culmination of a century of Amharic grammatical study, which may be termed the classical period in Amharic studies. It is with this formative century of grammatical work on Amharic, 1840-1940, that the first section of the article Grammatical studies', concerns itself, however, with restriction to book-length grammars. Short grammatical sketches and outlines are treated by Leslau in his 'An annotated bibliography of the Semitic languages of Ethiopia (The Hague, 1965, p. 199-204). The second section, Lexicography deals with dictionaries of Amharic. Ref.