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Semitic language group

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Within the Semitic language group, Amarinya, Tigrinya, Tigre, Guraginya, and Aderinya are the most important. Regarding their spatial distribution, the Amharas are found predominantly in Gonder, Gojam, Welo and northern Shewa. Next to the Oromos, they are found in significant numbers in most of the administrative regions especially in Arsi, Harerge, Sidamo and Welega. The Tigray/Tigrians are found in Tigray administrative regions.

The Gurages live in south-west Shewa. The Falashas, although Cushitic by origin, speak Semitic languages. They speak Amarinya in Gonder and Tigrinya in Tigray administrative regions.

A small group of Semitic people known as Adere are found only within the city of Harer. They speak Aderinya. The majority of the Semitic group are Christians. According to Bender more than half of the world’s modern Semitic languages are in Ethiopia.

(Source: National Atlas of Ethiopia)


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