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IPA

IPA stands for the International Phonetic Alphabet. It’s the universal script that linguists use to map out the phonetic sounds of every word in every language in the world. So (theoretically) if you are familiar with the IPA you can perfectly read out loud, any text, in any language, perfectly, as long as that text […]

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July 14, 2009  Tags: ,   Posted in: Linguistics, Tigrigna, website update  2 Comments

The top ten search queries for ለካቲት (February)

I thought I would post something today that might interest some of you out there. Here is a list of the top 10 most searched words for the dictionary section this last month. Enjoy and feel the love… 1 love 2 hello 3 i 4 you 5 boy 6 to 7 train 8 ፍቕሪ 9 […]

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February 22, 2009  Tags:   Posted in: Linguistics, top ten search queries  One Comment

“Modern Dictionary with New Methods”

Come one, come all. There is a new dictionary for sale in Asmara. It’s by Dr. Kidanemariam and he worked 10 years to make it a reality. Just amazing. A new monolingual, Tigrinya-Tigrinya, dictionary entitled, roughly translated into “Modern Dictionary with New Method,” by Dr. Kidanemariam Zerezghi was launched on October 24, 2008 at Emba […]

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October 27, 2008  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Eritrea, language, Linguistics, Tigrigna  One Comment

New on the Eritrean dictionary scene…

After months of delay, Asmarino.com has now completed its metamorphosis to become Delina.com. Asmarino.com is one of the oldest Eritrean community websites still running (the other is Dehai.org). It is based in the US, completely independent and serves as a forum for those Eritreans who oppose the Eritrean government or it’s politics. It’s also multilingual […]

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September 11, 2008  Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,   Posted in: blogoshpere, Eritrea, language, Linguistics  No Comments

US politics, kool-aid, Obama and a little linguistics

I assure you that this post is about linguistics just as much as it is about American politics. “…the students go and, sort of, drink the kool-aid of a wonderful speech…” This short quote is from Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell who was trying to convince a group of college students to support Hillary Clinton as […]

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September 1, 2008  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Linguistics, world events  No Comments

Is Swahili a Pidgin?

A blog that I read recently had a post that described the east-African language of Swahili, as a pidgin. Here is a quote: …my mother was born in East Africa (Uganda) and I wanted to feel a trace of what she once knew. Being under this sky, on this land, the pidgin that is Swahili […]

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July 21, 2008  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Africa, language, Linguistics  6 Comments