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Title: The Costs of the Linguistic Transitions: Traces of Disappeared Languages in Ethiopia
Authors: Lusini, Gianfrancesco
Keywords: Da‘amatKingdom of AksumAgaw, Zagwe dynastySultanate of Ifātroyal names
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste
Source: Gianfrancesco Lusini, "The Costs of the Linguistic Transitions: Traces of Disappeared Languages in Ethiopia", in: "Cultural and Linguistic Transition explored. Proceedings of the ATrA closing workshop Trieste, May 25-26, 2016", Ilaria Micheli (ed.), Trieste, EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste, 2017, pp. 264-273
For the most part, the linguistic history of the Ethio-Eritrean highlands in ancient and mediaeval times cannot be reconstructed because of the lack of direct sources. The hegemonic role played by a few cultural centers and the prevalence of the ‘dominant’ languages caused the disappearance of a number of unknown idioms. Therefore, in order to raise a reliable reconstruction, the modern historical research must take into account also the scanty philological traces of languages used by peoples that lost their linguistic identities as a consequence of the cultural assimilation. Particularly, the etymological interpretation of some royal names allows one to cast a light on the linguistic origin of the members of ancient dynasties ruling between the 3rd and the 13th c.
Type: Book Chapter
ISBN: 978-88-8303-821-1
eISBN: 978-88-8303-822-8
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