North Ethiopic and Amharic Cognates in Tigre
Napoli: Istituto Orientale di Napoli, 1982. Softcover. 8vo. 86pp. Original wrappers. Fine.
"Tigre is a Semitic Ethiopian language spoken in the eastern, western and northern lowlands of Eritrea, including the Massawa region and the Dahlak islands in the east, and up to the Kassala province and in the border regions of the Sudan in the west." Supplemento n. 31 agli Annali - Vol. 42, fasc.2. Text in English and Tigre. Fine condition. Fine. Item #15025
From the collection of Wolf Leslau. Wolf Leslau was undoubtedly the greatest Semiticist linguist of the past century, many would even say of all time. He was born in Czestochowa, Poland, on November 14, 1906, and died in Fullerton, California, on November 18, 2006. The centenarian was working almost up to his final day on a descriptive grammar of the Ethio-Semitic language Gogot. As with so much of his work, his grammars were based on material he had collected doing fieldwork, in this particular case many decades before. He published more than fifty volumes and more than two hundred articles in a variety of international journals over a long and distinguished career of seventy-plus years, and he is known as a most prodigious contributor to Ethiopian linguistics (including three enormous projects of particular importance, Leslau 1979, 1987, 1995) as well as an important contributor to Semitic comparative and historical lexicography, and folklore and oral literature. His publications (written chiefly in English, but also in French, Yiddish, and Hebrew) ranged across descriptive grammar, comparative grammar, lexicography, grammatical/phonological and lexical reconstruction, etymology, language classification, borrowing, anthropological and cultural linguistic topics (e.g. folk tales, argots, riddles, songs, proverbs, taboos), translation, bibliography, reviews, and even recordings of Ethiopian traditional music.