Tigrigna

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A language of Ethiopia

Alternate Names
Tigray, Tigrinya
Population

4,320,000 in Ethiopia (2007 census). Population total all countries: 6,915,000. 2,820,000 monolinguals. L2 users: 147,000 in Ethiopia.

Location

Tigray region border areas; Amhara and Afar regions.

Language Status

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

Language Use

Also use Amharic [amh]. Used as L2 by Amharic [amh], Kunama [kun], Xamtanga [xan].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 27%. Taught in primary schools. Fully developed. Bible: 1956.
Writing

Ethiopic script [Ethi], used since 13th or 14th century.

Other Comments

Christian.

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