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Title: Italianismi lessicali in Saho
Paper URL: http://www.ethnorema.it/pdf/numero%204/05%20Articolo%203%20Banti-Vergari.pdf
Author: Moreno Vergari
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Homepage: http://www.ethnorema.it
Institution: Ethnorêma
Author: Giorgio Banti
Institution: Università degli studi di Napoli L'Orientale
Linguistic Field: Lexicography
Abstract: After a brief characterisation of the Saho language, spoken in Eritrea and some
adjoining areas of Tigray, the authors outline a history of the development of literacy
in this language from the late XIX century till now. The bulk of this paper consists in
the analysis of ca. 300 Italian loanwords collected mainly from (i.) the Saho-English-
Italian dictionary published by Vergari & Vergari in 2003, (ii.) Saho school books,
(iii.) other supplementary textbooks and the Saho version of the Eritrean Constitution,
and (iv.) native speakers of Saho in Eritrea between 2000 and 2007.
Most of these loanwords are nouns, but there are also three verbs and nine
interjections. Their integration into Saho phonology and morphology are discussed in
§ 4 together with some features they share with Italian loanwords in Somali and
Tigrinya, as well as with the Eritrean Italian pidgin described by Habte-Mariam
Marcos (1976). The main semantic fields these loanwords belong to are: mechanic
and building technologies, sports, the army, games, clothing, food and other
household-related words.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: In Progress
URL: http://www.ethnorema.it/pdf/numero%204/05%20Articolo%203%20Banti-Vergari.pdf


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