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LINGUIST List 25.2315

Tue May 27 2014

Books: The Tigre Language of Gindaˁ, Eritrea: Elias

Editor for this issue: Sara Couture <saralinguistlist.org>

Date: 26-May-2014
From: Stephanie Paalvast <paalvastbrill.com>
Subject: The Tigre Language of Gindaˁ, Eritrea: Elias
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Title: The Tigre Language of Gindaˁ, Eritrea
Subtitle: Short Grammar and Texts
Series Title: Studies in Semitic Languages and Linguistics
Published: 2014
Publisher: Brill
                http://www.brill.com

Book URL: http://www.brill.com/products/book/tigre-language-ginda-eritrea

Author: David Elias
Hardback: ISBN: 9789004271197 Pages: 302 Price: Europe EURO 110
Hardback: ISBN: 9789004271197 Pages: 302 Price: U.S. $ 142
Abstract:

In The Tigre Language of Gindaˁ, Eritrea, David L. Elias documents the dialect of the Tigre language that is spoken in the town of Gindaˁ in eastern Eritrea. While the language of Tigre is spoken by perhaps one million people in Eritrea and Sudan, the population of Gindaˁ is fewer than 50,000 people. Elias describes basic aspects of phonology, morphology, syntax and lexicography. In contrast to other dialects of Tigre, of which approximately a dozen have been identified, Tigre of Gindaˁ exhibits the only recorded examples in Tigre of gender-specific first person possessives, e.g. ʕənye ‘my eye’ (masc) vs. ʕənče ‘my eye’ (masc/fem), and a new form of the negative of the verb of existence, yahallanni ‘there is not’. Contact with Arabic and Tigrinya has resulted in numerous loanwords and a few biforms in Tigre of Gindaˁ.

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
                            Language Documentation
                            Sociolinguistics

Subject Language(s): Arabic, Standard (arb)
                            Tigre (tig)
                            Tigrinya (tir)
Language Family(ies): Afroasiatic

Written In: English (eng)

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