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Ethiopic Loanwords
(936 words)

Ethiopic loanwords in Arabic may derive from Classical Ethiopic, a South Semitic language, attested since the 3rd century C.E., or from related dialects. The question of Ethiopic loanwords in Arabic is complex. Contrary to, for instance, Greek or Persian loanwords, Ethiopic loans are not usually revealed by their phonological and morphological shape, so numerous criteria are necessary to determine whether a given word is an Ethiopic loan in Arabic, or vice versa, or of common Semitic stock. These criteria include the lexical isolatio…

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Stefan Weninger, “Ethiopic Loanwords”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 20 July 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_SIM_vol2_0004>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831



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