Gurage

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Gurage

 

a people living in Ethiopia, in the southwestern regions of Shoa Province, in Arusi Province, and in Addis Ababa. Population, over 500,000 (1967, estimate). The Gu-rage language belongs to the Semitic group of the Hamito-Semitic languages. There are both Muslims and Monophysite Christians among the Gurage. Their basic occupations are agriculture and cattle raising. They are also famous as very skilled craftsmen. The Gurage is one of the groups of people in the emerging Ethiopian nation.

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Wolane: Descriptive Grammar of an East Gurage Language (Ethiosemitic).
This book, a reprinting of fifty-five of Leslau's articles on the Semitic Gurage languages of Ethiopia, is, perhaps, after his 1979 Etymological Dictionary of Gurage (reviewed in this journal: 102.
The so-called Gurage languages include some twelve to fifteen recognized varieties, within which six or seven languages and/or dialect clusters may be distinguished, in three distinct groups - roughly, northern (of which Soddo is the best documented) western (Chaha he best documented), and eastern (which includes the well-documented language Harari, not traditionally considered a Gurage language).