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Interesting facts about the Amharic language
The Amharic language (also lesana negus, language of the king) is a Semitic language and has been an official language in Ethiopia and the main working language in adjacent countries since the replacement of the old Ethiopian language (Ge’ez) with more modern language forms. The language is named after the people of the Amhara region.
The grammar is similar to the other Semitic languages and most of all to the Ethiopian language. It has also been greatly influenced by the neighbouring African languages, which have affected sentence structure and word order in particular. Amharic does not originate directly in Ethiopia, but rather from its own old-Amharic language form. In terms of phonetics, Amharic also differs from the classical Semitic languages in that possible older phonetic forms have been preserved, such as in the glottalised and labialised consonants.
Amharic was passed down in its verbal form only over many centuries, before the Ge’ez writing system started to be used to write down Amharic texts after the Ethiopian languages died out. This had to undergo certain modifications to accommodate Amharic’s idiosyncratic sounds. The oldest written example of Amharic is the Songs of the King published by Guldi (Le Canzoni Geez-Amarina in onore di re Abissini, Rome 1889).
You can find additional information about the Amharic language and its history on Wikipedia.