Tigrigna

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A language of Ethiopia

Alternate Names
Tigray, Tigrinya
Population

4,320,000 in Ethiopia (2007 census). 2,820,000 monolinguals. Population total all countries: 6,915,000.

Location

Tigray Region. Also in Canada, Djibouti, Eritrea, Germany, Israel, Sweden.

Language Status

2 (Provincial). Statutory provincial working language in Tigray Region (1994, Constitution, Article 47(3)).

Language Use

146,933 L2 speakers.

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 1%–10%. Literacy rate in L2: 27%. Fully developed. Bible: 1956.
Writing
Ethiopic script, used since 13th or 14th century.
Other Comments

Christian.

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