Tigrinya is a member of the Ethiopic branch of Semitic languages with
about 6 million speakers mainly in the Tigre region of Ethiopia and in
Central Eritrea. There are also large immigrant communities of Tigrinya
speakers in Sudan, Saudi Arabia, the USA, Germany, Italy the UK, Canada
and Sweden, as well as in other countries.
Tigrinya is written with a version of the Ge'ez
script and first appeared in writing during the 13th century in a
text on the local laws for the district of Logosarda in southern Eritrea.
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