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Books on Tigre

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The Morphology of The Tigre Noun
F.R. Palmer, 1962,
London, Oxford University Press

* A grammar and vocabulary of the Tigre language (as spoken by the Beni Amer). Khartoum: Publications Bureau. Beaton, A.C. & A. Paul (1954).
* Tigre of Habab: Short Grammar and Texts from the Rigbat People. Ph.D dissertation. Harvard University. Elias, D.L. (2005). Leslau, W. (1945)
* Short Grammar of Tigré. Publications of the American Oriental Society, Offprint Series, No. 18. New Haven: American Oriental Society.
* "The Verb in Tigré", in: Journal of the American Oriental Society 65/1, pp. 1-26. Leslau, W. (1945),
* "Grammatical Sketches in Tigré (North Ethiopic): Dialect of Mensa", in: Journal of the American Oriental Society 65/3, pp. 164-203. Leslau, W. (1945),
* "Supplementary observations on Tigré grammar", in: Journal of the American Oriental Society 68/3, pp. 127-139. Leslau, W. (1948),
* "Die Pronomina in Tigré", in: Zeitschrift für Assyriologie 12, pp. 188-230, 291-316. Littmann, E. 1897),
* "Das Verbum der Tigre-Sprache", in: Zeitschrift für Assyrologie 13, pp. 133-178; 14, pp. 1-102. Littmann, E. (1898),
* Publications of the Princeton expedition to Abyssinia, 4 vols. in 4, Leyden.
Littmann, E. (1910-15).
* Wörterbuch der Tigre--Sprache: Tigre--Deutsch-Englisch. Wiesbaden: Franz Steiner Verlag. Littmann, E. and Höfner, M. (1962)
* A Vocabulary of Beni Amer Dialect of Tigre. Tokyo: Institute for the Study of Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa Nakano, Aki'o & Yoichi Tsuge (1982)..
* "'Openness' in Tigre: a problem in prosodic statement", in: Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies 18/3, pp. 561-577 Palmer, F.R. (1956)..
* "Relative clauses in Tigre", in: Word 17/1, pp. 23-33. Palmer, F.R. (1961).
* The morphology of the Tigre noun. London: Oxford University Press. Palmer, F.R. (1962).
* "Tigre syntax and Semitic Ethiopian", in: Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies 43/2, pp. 235-250. Raz, Sh. (1980).
* "The morphology of the Tigre verb (Mansa? dialect)", in: Journal of Semitic Studies 25/1, pp. 66-84; 25/2, pp. 205-238. Raz, Sh. (1980).
* Tigre grammar and texts. Malibu, California, USA: Undena Publications. Raz, Sh. (1983).
* "Some Tigre texts", in: Le Monde Orientale 8, pp. 1-15. Sundström, R. (1914).

Hidri Publishers Launches a Book in Tigre
Demsas Tsegay, Nov 19, 2007

In November, 16, 2007 Hidri Publishers launched a book ‘Emenini’ (Trust me) in Tigre language that tells about the role of Eritrean women in the armed struggle and the cultural challenges that faced them.

Written by Mr. Mohammed Ali Ibrahim, the book narrates a story of a woman that joined the freedom fighters after seeing atrocities committed by the colonizers. In the fight for independence the woman was held captive and at last escapes from the enemy and joins the freedom fighters again.

Mr. Mohammed Ali, the author, said that we Eritrean have much unwritten histories. So we do not have to wonder what to write about, we have just to look at our rich history.

Mr. Adem Ali presented a short review of the book. He said that Tigre was first written in the 19th century but, almost no book was written in the language for the last 140 years (until 2005). “Mr. Mohammed’s initiative is an encouraging step for developing the language,” he added.

He further said that even though it has some problems in the flow of ideas and some characters are lost in the middle without the reader knowing their sufficient explanation. However, it has excellent usage of language and gives graphic explanation of the places in the struggle.

The ceremony was attended by people who have interest in the Tigre Language and invited guests from different walks of life.