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  Ethiopic Entity Names
Ge'ez language, the first Abyssinian language to adopt writing, with its original 26 member alphabet is often compared with other Semitic languages and scripts from the same period.
Ge'ez is utilized in the same way by the sciences for the derivation of new terms in a way that is neutral to national and cultural boundaries.
Ge'ez names were not available for the punctuation marks ፥, ፦, ፧, ፨ and so had to be derived.
www.geez.org /Entities   (1624 words)

  
 king_ezana
There are innumerable evidences that support the theory that Geez was one of the first few manuscripts that was developed right after the Hieroglyphic, which is a form of writing that uses sets of symbols.
Geez is still in use in the nations of 70 million people.
Nations of Ethiopia and Eritrea use Geez as the official manuscript that is being used for the nations’ major communications and academia.
www.freewebs.com /king_ezana   (1320 words)

  
 A Look at Ethiopic Numerals
The Coptic lowercase characters are nearly indistinguishable from the upper and the bar in some practices is also used as a means to clearly mark an uppercase context.
It is unclear if the Ethiopians borrowed the Coptic numerals outright or just the practice of using the alphabet to create a recordable counting system.
While this may be no more than mere coincidence it is probable that Copts, Greeks and Ethiopians were making an effort to syncronize the numeric values assigned to letters with the equivalent letters and values used in the Hebrew ``Gematria'' practice.
www.geez.org /Numerals   (749 words)

  
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In contrast to the speaker'sassertions, an individual who becomes literate in Geez scriptswill be able to read and write until he or she dies.
Once the first sets(base) of Geez scripts are known, most of the other scripts canbe studied easily by making orderly extensions (to the base).Mostly, it involves adding a dash (-) either on one of theirsides, or on their bottoms (legs), etc. In short, the scripts arenot totally dissimilar.
Geez scripts in their present form can not show clearlystresses and/or long sounds.
chora.virtualave.net /bayeyima.html   (6092 words)

  
 Mekalih Yared Bahili Tigrai - Ethiopian Music, Tigrai / Tigray Music, Art, and Culture!
His father having died in the meantime, his mother, Tauklia, placed him in the hands of her brother, Abba Gedeon, who was the parish priest, with the request that he should raise and educate Yared.
Geez means the plain chant for ordinary days; Ezel means a more measured beat for funerals; Ararai means a lighter, free mood for great festivals.
The three modes: Geez, Ezel and ararai are supposed to represent the Father, The Son and the Holy ghost respectively.
www.tigrai.org /Meqalih/yared.htm   (3046 words)

  
 Ethiopian Writing System - Baye Yimam
Geez used such a script and writing system between the 4th and 7th century.
And Geez is not an immigrant; it is indigenous.
Hence, a teacher who understands well how the Geez scripts are formed should not have a problem to teach all the scripts in a (relatively) short period of time.
www.ethiopians.com /bayeyima.html   (6639 words)

  
 Hamito-Semitic languages: The Semitic Subfamily
Another descendant of the Canaanite branch is the Greek alphabet, which is the parent of all modern European alphabets, including the Roman and the Cyrillic.
B.C. Early Hebrew writing was the alphabet of the Jews until they adopted Aramaic instead of Hebrew as their spoken language sometime before the Christian era, when they also began to use the Square Hebrew letters derived from the Aramaic writing.
This alphabet was taken to Ethiopia during the first millennium B.C. and is still used there, in modified form, for the Ethiopic languages.
www.infoplease.com /ce6/society/A0858549.html   (1268 words)

  
 Ancient Ethiopian Manuscripts
The Library was established with the view to collect ancient manuscripts and arrange them in such a way that they become  useful to the public and pass them on to future generations.
The original copy of some of the manuscripts, written 1600 years ago, have attracted the attention of many foreign scholars, with some 12 manuscripts registered by UNESCO as the world literary heritage, of which four are religious books written on parchments and paper during the 14th and15th century.
To meet the shortage of local scholars the Addis Ababa University has introduced, as of this academic year, a graduate program in philology which is the study of written records and ancient manuscripts, the establishment of their authenticity and correctness, and the determination of their meaning.
www.addistribune.com /Archives/2004/10/22-10-04/Ancient.htm   (354 words)

  
 J. M. Harden, An introduction to Ethiopic Christian Literature (1926)
The characters too of the Geez alphabet are obviously a development of the Sabean; in fact two of the earliest inscriptions extant in Geez are written in Sabean letters.
The natural result was that during the centuries that followed, though Geez was still the language of literature and the Church, it was much influenced by Amharic, chiefly in the way of vocabulary, many of the later works containing numerous loan-words borrowed from the kindred dialect.
The Geez language was quite unknown in Europe till the end of the fifteenth century, when Portuguese travellers visited the country, attracted thither by legends as to the famous Prester John.
www.tertullian.org /fathers/harden_ethiopic_literature.htm   (20075 words)

  
 Downloads
Visual Geez New is free Unicode standard compliant Geez software that can be used with Outlook express, MSN chat, and Feedback and Discussion Forums.
Geez Unicode is compatible with windows 95/98/NT/2000 and XP.
The procedure is simple, start Geez Unicode and change the font in your MSN Messenger to Geez Unicode.
www.selamta.net /downloads.htm   (127 words)

  
 Simplified Spelling Society : Ethiopic writing system.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The wax and gold technique seems to date back only to the 14th century AD, some hundreds of years after Giiz ceased to be a living language in the technical sense; and indeed the heyday of Giiz literature is held by some to be the 14th to 16th centuries.
In theory, an alphabet has individual symbols (letters) representing phonemes with individual vowel and consonant symbols; a consonantal system represents only consonants, leaving the reader to guess the vowels; a syllabary has individual signs for syllables (consonant + vowel combinations); in practice, the systems are often mixed.
Amharic speakers, of course, perceive that there is a difference, but, unless they are phoneticians, they do not perceive the feature as a doubling or lengthening of the consonant so much as a matter of slight stress variation, which is in fact sometimes a corollary of gemination.
www.spellingsociety.org /journals/j19/ethiopic.php   (4950 words)

  
 New Catholic Dictionary: Geez   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Ancient language of Ethiopia, Semitic in origin with an intermingling of Arabic and Greek, the literary language of Abyssinia up to the 16th century, and at present used as a liturgical language.
The translation of the Bible from Greek into Geez in the 4th or 5th centuries was the work of many scholars, the unity of version being due only to deliberate effort.
In 1833 a German traveler discovered a Geez inscription, referring to a monarch of Axum, and valuable for the history of the Semitic alphabet.
www.catholic-forum.com /saints/ncd03493.htm   (97 words)

  
 African Studies Center | Eritrea Page
It is part of an innovative site for teaching children and adults the Geez alphabet.
Geez Alphabet Tutoris designed with the premise that learning should be an enjoyable experience.
This website provides several panoramic views of Matara, taken during the late '60s and early '70s, some additional landscapes which show more of the striking countryside surrounding Matara, and a concise historical view of Matara and its relationship to Aksum and its predecessors and to other contemporary nations.
www.africa.upenn.edu /Country_Specific/Eritrea.html   (320 words)

  
 GO.HRW.COM
Ge'ez is just one of many Ethiopian languages and is connected to many different language systems.
Compare the shapes of the letters in the Ge'ez alphabet to the alphabet we use today.
Then present some of your information in the form of a chart which links Ge'ez to other languages.
go.hrw.com /ndNSAPI.nd/gohrw_rls1/pKeywordResults?sc9+geez   (92 words)

  
 Search OLAC Archives - Geez
The Open Language Archives Community is dedicated to collecting information about language resources and making it available from a single search.
alphabet corpus description dictionary discourse documentation grammar language lexicon linguistics morphology phonology recording speech syntax text
description: Various descriptive and analytic texts regarding the Geez language, drawn from the Rosetta 1,000 Language Archive.
www.language-archives.org /tools/search/?query=Geez   (121 words)

  
 Senamirmir Projects: Interview with Ethiopian philosopher G.E. Gorfu
But, I don't, by any means, consider myself proficient, as a Geez scholar ought to be.
My knowledge of Geez quene, for example, leaves much to be desired.
On his return to Asmara, he was commissioned by the Swedish Mission to translate the Bible into Tigrinia.
www.senamirmir.com /theme/8-2002/geg/close_up.html   (1327 words)

  
 languagehat.com: ON REFUSING TO READ YOUR OWN LANGUAGE.
While looking for sites to explain to a friend the relationship between Ge'ez and Amharic (this is a good one), I stumbled across one that contained the following bizarre information:
Geez, like Tigre and Tigrinya, are Northern Ethio-Semitic languages, Amharic, like Argobba, Gafat etc. are Southern Ethio-Semitic.
The parallel with Latin is good but in the place of Latin there was another proto-Ethio-Semitic language, Geez, Tigre, Tigrinya and Proto-South-Ethio-Semitic were among its daughters.
www.languagehat.com /archives/000454.php   (488 words)

  
 Do LeapPad Books Work? - Deal of Days' DealTalk
They are expected to, but not required, be reading basic sentences by the end of the school year.
About 10 years ago, a friend of mine was registering her son for Kindergarten and even then they had to know the alphabet frontwards and backwards.
I gave that to her for Christmas when she was 2 years old.
forums.dealofday.com /showthread.php?t=45757   (1890 words)

  
 Introduction to Qene - GE Gorfu
But in Amharic and in Geez, it can also be due to the phonetic system of the Geez alphabet, which lacks a symbol for accent as stress indicator on words, as is done in various other languages and alphabet systems.
Thus, once a word is written in phonetic Geez, it can be pronounced with slight variations by putting the stress on different parts of the word to produce different sounds, thereby, giving more than one meaning to one and the same word.
ra’ or ‘en-ese-ra.’ In the Geez phonetic, both these words are written in exactly the same way, as there is no symbol for accents to show where the stress should be.
www.meskot.com /qene.htm   (1385 words)

  
 HahuLite Application & Compatability, A Geez Software that runs on an IBM PC   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Hahu 98 enables you to use all the powerful functions of your favorite Windows programs and at the same time be able to use Geez characters in your documents.
If you have a need to use Geez names on your Excel TM spreadsheets, Hahu 98 can be used for this purpose as well.
For the more technical users, Hahu 98 can also be used to design various windows panels with Geez text in the captions and field labels.
www.acisconsulting.com /hlitecompat.html   (225 words)

  
 The U of MT -- Mansfield Library LangFing Semitic, pt. 2
updated 4-29-2003 Geez (Afro-Asiatic) is the literary language developed by missionaries for the translation of the scriptures after the Christianization of Ethiopia in the 4th century A.D. It is the official language of the Ethiopian Christian church, and is written with the Ethiopic alphabet.
Also called Classical Ethiopic, Geez belongs to the Ethiopic sub-branch of the Southern West Semitic sub-branch of the West Semitic sub-branch of the Semitic branch of the Afro-Asiatic family of languages.
Phoenician was spoken in what is now Lebanon prior to the 6th century C.E. It was written with its own alphabet, now generally believed to have been the forerunner of the Greek alphabet.
www.lib.umt.edu /guide/lang/semite2h.htm   (1306 words)

  
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Similarly Dr. LaPiso argued the Ethiopic (Geez) alphabet is not derived from Sabean.
Rather it is derived from another much older indigenous alphabet (used for the stone inscriptions of Yeaha, MeaTara, Haw!l!ti etc along with Sabean), that of the Dea-amatts.
LaPiso credits the similarity between the alphabets to a common origin or Ethiopian origin, borrowed by the Sabeans.
www.ethiopians.com /araya2.html   (882 words)

  
 Eri24
The Geez language consists of 34 letters with 7 forms each and 5 letters with 5 forms each.
Where the pupils fail to memorise the verses correctly, they are forced to repeat the same verses until they get them right.
The pupils have to undergo through several stages depending on their abilities starting with the beginners who start to learn the Arabic alphabets and gradually Arabic words.
eri24.com /Article_501.htm   (5901 words)

  
 Conference Center
Are there any fans of the Kinsey Millhone "Alphabet" Mysteries by Sue Grafton?
Topic 41 of 57 [books]: The Kinsey Millhone "Alphabet" Mysteries Response 1 of 4: nick a'hannay (pmnh) * Thu, Jul 18, 2002 (17:52) * 2 lines
Geez, Nick, where have you been all my life?
www.spring.net /yapp-bin/public/read/books/41   (251 words)

  
 Home Page for Ethiopian   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Ethiopic or Geez is one of the oldest alphabets and has been in use in Ethiopia for more than 3,000 years.
Until we computerized Ethiopic, the alphabet was printed manually or in the printing presses.
You are limited only by your knowledge of the different languages and alphabets as you surf the multilingual Ethionet with the same browser.
members.aol.com /ethiopian   (2020 words)

  
 Tigrinya   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
It is interesting to know that Tigrinya descends from an old language called Geez, and uses its alphabet.
The Geez language belongs to the Semitic group of the Afro-Asiatic language family.
I chose to speak about the Italian influence in particular because Eritrea remained under Italian rule for about half a century.
www.aucegypt.edu /academic/interpreters/Tigrinya.htm   (700 words)

  
 View topic - Geez, wouldnt it be ironic, HELP!!!
Well, it came as news to me when my husband of two years told me two weeks ago that he'd met someone and wanted a divorce.
I know how you feel beccalynn go get a test and lest us know how it came out and if you need someone to talk to i am here for you!!
Therefore we cannot be held responsible for the authenticity of the names.
www.babynamesworld.com /forum/topic4442.html   (882 words)

  
 Welcome to Tigrai_net (www.tigrai.org, www.tigray.net: an Ethiopian News and Information site focusing on Educational ...
Con Coughlin, while introducing Saddam to his readers of his book said "writing a biography of Saddam Hussein is like trying to assemble the prosecution case against a notorious criminal gangster." Similarly, assembling the background of Solomon Inquai is a complex enterprise in its totality.
Edu/Tech Dear Geez Unicode user:You can now use Geez Unicode to send instant messages in Amharic or Tigrigna to anyone in your contact list using MSN Messenger.
The procedure is simple, start Geez Unicode as usual and change the font in your MSN Messenger to Geez Unicode.
www.tigrai.org /News/April2003.html   (1804 words)

  
 Ethiopic.com
Since 1982 we have been pioneering the computerization of this Ethiopian alphabet and Ethiopian Computers and Software of Colorado has released ModEth, EthioWord, GeezEdit and related software.
If you are using our 1993 EthioEdit or the 1994 GeèzEdit for Windows, we recommend that you upgrade.
The Ethiopic characters appear as gibberish Latin unless you have our Geez fonts.
www.ethiopic.com   (226 words)

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