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Tigrinya (also Tigrigna) is an Ethio-Semitic language of South Semitic.
Ethnologue lists the classification as: Afro-Asiatic, Semitic, South, Ethiopian, North
According to Ethnologue:
No dialect survey has come to our attention. Ullendorff (1973, p. 121, and 1955) considers regional variation in Tigrinya to be insignificant, although Bender, Hailu, and Cowley (1976, p. 564) believe that Tigrinya has several dialects. (Webbook)
The most spoken language in Eritrea. Broadcast on radio in Eritrea and Ethiopia.
Literacy rate in Ethiopia (according to Ethnologue):
Literacy rate in Eritrea (according to Ethnologue):
A sample text is shown on the "Language Museum" site: http://www.language-museum.com/t/tigrinya.htm
Beginning in the late 1990s there has been an effort to promote Unicode fonts. [more info?]
Some Unicode font information:
Legacy 8-bit: (there are some non-Unicode fonts)
Universal Declaration of Human Rights: http://www.unhchr.ch/udhr/lang/tgn.htm
There apparently is or was recently a project to localize Linux in Tigrinya called "Tinux"
There is an OpenOffice project under the "Native Language Confederation" program: http://ti.openoffice.org/
SIL International, Ethnologue: Languages of the World, "Tigrigna," http://www.ethnologue.com/show_language.asp?code=tir
SIL International, "ISO 639 Code Tables," http://www.sil.org/iso639-3/codes.asp
U.S. Library of Congress, "ISO 639.2: Codes for the Representation of Names of Languages: Alpha-3 codes arranged alphabetically by the English name of language," http://www.loc.gov/standards/iso639-2/php/English_list.php
Wikipedia, "Tigrinya language," http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tigrinya_language