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Harari. Mélanges : 1. Bemerkungen zu den neuen Harari-Texten (ORIGINAL); 2. Harari-Studien (PHOTOCOPY); 3. Die Partikel MA im Harari (PHOTOCOPY). 3 Vols. in one [FROM THE PERSONAL LIBRARY OF WOLF LESLAU]

Littmann, Enno

Published by Zeitschrift der Deutschen Morgenlandischen; Zeitschrift für Semitistik; Zeitschrift für Assyriologie, 1922
Condition: vg Hardcover

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Octavo. 16, 38-84, 103-122pp.Red cloth over paper covered boards with gold lettering on spine. Wolf Leslau's ex-libris on inside of front board. Photocopy edition (for the last two works, the first one being an original edition) of this fascinating work compiling three major works written by Enno Littmann on the Harari language, the language of the Harari people of Ethiopia. According to the 1998 Ethiopian census, it is spoken by 21,283 people. Most of its speakers are multilingual in Amharic and/or Oromo. Harari is closely related to the East Gurage languages, Zay and Silt'e. Locals or natives of this city also refer to it as "Gey sinan" (Language of the City). Several words are of Arabic or (to a lesser extent) Italian origin. Originally written in the Arabic script, it has recently converted to the Ge'ez alphabet. Pages of "Bemerkungen zu den neuen Harari-Texten" age-toned, with first page taped. Text in German. Binding in overall very good, interior in good+ condition. About the author: Enno Littmann (1875-1958) was a professor of oriental languages, first in Strassburg, then in Göttingen and Bonn and finally in Tübingen, where his beautiful house remained a centre of oriental studies in Germany up to his death. He combined a brilliant gift for languages (he fully mastered more than a dozen), wide intellectual interests and ability to build quickly a warm and intimate relationship with people of different cultures. These qualities explain why his relatively short stays in Ethiopia yielded such successful results. In addition, he had an amazing capacity for work, as can be seen from his six-volume translation of A Thousand and One Nights, completed with poetic energy within a very short period. He was also a master Arabic literature. His fame rests above all, however, on the works which arose from his two research visits to northern Ethiopia, where he stayed among the Mensa (Tigre) in Eritrea in autumn and winter 1905 and in Aksum from January to April 1906. During his stay among the Tigre he had the good fortune to work with a congenial partner, Naffa Wad Etman without whom the four important volumes, misleadingly entitled Publications of the Princeton Expedition to Abyssinia, would never have appeared. They contain a whole corpus of Tigre traditions and songs, and are imperishable documents of Ethiopian culture. Bookseller Inventory # 27303

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Title: Harari. Mélanges : 1. Bemerkungen zu den ...

Publisher: Zeitschrift der Deutschen Morgenlandischen; Zeitschrift für Semitistik; Zeitschrift für Assyriologie

Publication Date: 1922

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:vg

Edition: Photocopy.

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