Saturday, June 11, 2016

The Names of Ge'ez / Ethiopic Letters

So you've learned the 100+ forms of the Ge'ez script, but you're still wondering what to call all those letters?  If you're like me, you might find yourself using the names of Hebrew or other semitic letters, but in European scholarship they have their very own names.  I've compiled a list of these names as presented in several of the major grammars, that you can download as a PDF here.

Of course you don't need to learn 100+ names -- just the name of each consonant, and from there you can refer to its different forms by their order.  So, "that's a third order hoy" or a "sixth order gaml." [P.S. "The Sixth Order of Hoy = a great name for your next secret society].

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