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The Sabaean or Sabaic alphabet is one of the south Arabian alphabets. The oldest known inscriptions in this alphabet date from about 500 BC. Its origins are not known, though one theory is that it developed from the Byblos alphabet. The Sabaean alphabet is thought to have evolved into the Ethiopic script. Sabaean, an extinct Semitic language once spoken in Saba, the biblical Sheba, in southern Arabia.


Tigrinya (ትግርኛ) is a member of the Ethiopic branch of Semitic languages with about 6 million speakers mainly in the Tigre region of Ethiopia and in Central Eritrea. Tigrinya is written with a version of the Ge'ez script and first appeared in writing during the 13th century in a text on the local laws for the district of Logosarda in southern Eritrea. (...)


Semitic Geographic distribution:Middle East, North Africa, Northeast Africa and Malta Linguistic classification:Afro-Asiatic Semitic Proto-language:Proto-Semitic Subdivisions:East Semitic (extinct) Central Semitic South Semitic Approximate historical distribution of Semitic languages


The Ugaritic script is a cuneiform used from around either the 1400/1300 BC for Ugaritic, an extinct Northwest Semitic language, and discovered in Ugarit (modern Ras Shamra), Syria, in 1928. It has 30 letters. Other languages (particularly Hurrian) were occasionally written in the Ugaritic script.


Ge'ez is a script used as an abugida (syllable alphabet) for several languages of Ethiopia and Eritrea but originated in an abjad (consonant only ) used to write Ge'ez, now the liturgical language of the Ethiopian and Eritrean Orthodox Church.The Ge'ez script has been adapted to write other, mostly Semitic, languages, such as Amharic in Ethiopia and Tigrinya in Eritrea and Ethiopia. Direction: Left-to-rigth. Time period: 5th–6th c. BC to present. Parent systems: Proto-Sinaitic, South…


Site about foreign languages. This page is on Amharic. I need to remember to come back to this when I start trying to learn a bit before we travel to Ethiopia!