Amharic language

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አማርኛ (Amarəñña)
Pronunciation Template:IPA-am
Native to Ethiopia
Ethnicity Amhara
Native speakers
22,000,000[1][2] (2007 Population and Housing Census)
Ge'ez script (Amharic syllabary)
Amharic Braille
Signed Amharic[3]
Official status
Official language in
Regulated by Imperial Academy (former)
Language codes
ISO 639-1 am
ISO 639-2 amh
ISO 639-3 amh
Glottolog amha1245[4]
Linguasphere 12-ACB-a
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Amharic (አማርኛ āmariññā) is a Semitic language spoken in North Central Ethiopia by the Amhara. It is the second most spoken Semitic language after Arabic, and the official language of Ethiopia. Amharic is also the official or working language of several of the states, including Amhara Region and the multi-ethnic Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People's Region.

References[change | change source]

  1. Central Statistical Agency. 2010. "Population and Housing Census 2007 Report, National". Accessed 13 December 2016].
  2. Lewis, Lewis M.; Simons, Gary F.; Fennig, Charles D. (2015). Amharic Ethnologue: Languages of the World. SIL International. Retrieved 3 June 2017. 
  3. Morgan, Mike (9 April 2010). "Complexities of Ethiopian Sign Language Contact Phenomena; Implications for AAU". l'Alliance française et le Centre Français des Etudes Ethiopiennes. Retrieved 3 June 2017. 
  4. Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Amharic". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.