Kayla language

Kayla
Kayliñña
Native to Ethiopia
Region Amhara Region, Tigray Region
Native speakers
(no estimate available)
Afro-Asiatic
Language codes
ISO 639-3

Kayla, or Kayliñña (Ge'ez: ካይላ kāylā, for the people, Ge'ez: ካይልኛ kāylññā, Kayla, Amharic, and Tigrinya for the Kayla language) is one of two Agaw dialects formerly spoken by a subgroup of the Beta Israel (Ethiopian Jews). It is a dialect of Qimant. The name Kayla is sometimes also used as a cover term for both Beta Israel dialects. It is known only from unpublished notes by Faïtlovich written in the Ge'ez alphabet, recently studied by Appleyard. It is preserved by the Beta Israel today.

See also

References

  • "Kaïliña – a "new" Agaw dialect and its implications for Agaw dialectology". In Voice and Power. The Culture of Language in North-East Africa. Ed. by R.J. Hayward & I. Lewis. pp. 1–19. London, SOAS. 1996 (March). ISBN 0-7286-0257-1.
  • David Appleyard, "Preparing a Comparative Agaw Dictionary", in ed. Griefenow-Mewis & Voigt, Cushitic & Omotic Languages: Proceedings of the 3rd International Symposium Berlin, Mar. 17-19, 1994, Rüdiger Köppe Verlag, Köln 1996. ISBN 3-927620-28-9.
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