ancient Semitic language of Ethiopia
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Geʽez (/ˈɡɛz/;[5][6] ግዕዝ, Gəʿəz IPA: [ˈɡɨʕɨz] (audio speaker iconlisten)) is an ancient Ethiopian Semitic language. The language came from what is now Ethiopia and Eritrea.

ግዕዝ Gəʿəz
Native toEthiopia, Eritrea
Extinctbefore 10th century to 14th century[1][2]
Remains in use as a liturgical language.[3]
Geʽez script
Official status
Official language in
Liturgical language of the Eritrean Orthodox Tewahedo Church, Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church, Eritrean Catholic Church,[3] Ethiopian Catholic Church and Beta Israel[4]
Language codes
ISO 639-2gez
ISO 639-3gez
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References change

  1. Gene Gragg 1997. The Semitic Languages. Taylor & Francis. Robert Hetzron ed. ISBN 978-0-415-05767-7. p. 242.
  2. De Lacy O'Leary, 2000 Comparative grammar of the Semitic languages. Routledge. p. 23.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "No longer in popular use, Geʽez has always remained the language of the Church", [CHA]
  4. "They read the Bible in Geez" (Leaders and Religion of the Beth Israel); "after each passage, recited in Geez, the translation is read in Kailina" (Festivals). [PER], publication date 1901–1906.
  5. Laurie Bauer, 2007, The Linguistics Student's Handbook, Edinburgh
  6. "Geez". Oxford English Dictionary. Oxford University Press. 2nd ed. 1989.