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Tigrinya Language

Understanding The Tigrinya Language & Providing Professional Tigrinya Interpreters, Translators and Transcriptionists

American Language Services ® (AML-Global) understands the importance of working in the Tigrinya language. For over a Quarter of a Century, American Language Services ® has worked with the Tigrinya language as well as hundreds of others from around the world. We offer comprehensive language services 24 hours, 7 days a week worldwide by providing Tigrinya interpreting, translation and transcriptions services along with hundreds of other languages and dialects. Our linguists are native speakers and writers who are screened, credentialed, certified, field tested and experienced in a number of specific industry settings. The Tigrinya language is unique and has very specific origins and characteristics.

Tigrinyan Speakers

Tigrinyan, is a Semitic language spoken by the Tigray-Tigrinya people in Tigray [Northern Ethiopia] and in central Eritrea. There is no generally agreed upon name for the people who speak Tigrinya. In Eritrea, Tigrinya speakers are officially known as the Bihér-Tigrigna which means nation of Tigrigna/Tigrinya speakers. Bihér roughly means nation in the ethnic sense of the word in Tigrinya, Tigre and Amharic as well as in Ge'ez from where all these languages originate. Muslim native Tigrigna speakers are known as the Jeberti, an Arabic name that implies conversion to Islam among Africans and is also used by a Somali sub-clan.

Tigrinya Phonology

Tigrinya has a fairly typical set of phonemes for an Ethiopian Semitic language. That is, there is a set of ejective consonants and the usual seven-vowel system. Unlike many of the modern Ethiopian Semitic languages, Tigrinya has preserved the two pharyngeal consonants which were apparently part of the ancient Ge'ez language and which, along with [x'], a velar or uvular ejective fricative, make it easy to distinguish spoken Tigrinya from related languages such as Amharic, though not from Tigre, which has also maintained the pharyngeal consonants.

Gemination

Gemination, a linguistic term meaning the doubling of a consonantal sound, is meaningful in Tigrinya, i.e. it affects the meaning of words. While gemination plays an important role in the morphology of the Tigrinya verb, it is normally accompanied by other marks.

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The Tigrinya language is an important language worldwide. It is vital to understand the general nature and specific idiosyncrasies of Tigrinya. Since 1985, AML-Global has provided outstanding Tigrinya interpreters, translators and transcriptionsts worldwide.

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