Semitic language of Eritrea; Semitic language spoken in northern Ethiopia
Tigrinya (, tigriña) is an Afro-Asiatic language, belonging to the family's Semitic branch. It is spoken by ethnic Tigray-Tigrinya in the Horn of Africa. Tigrinya speakers primarily inhabit the Tigray Region in northern Ethiopia (65%), where its speakers are called Tigray ("Tigrawot" -singular- and "Tegaru" -plural-), as well as the contiguous borders of southern Eritrea (35%), where speakers are known as the Tigrinya. Tigrinya is also spoken by groups of emigrants from these regions, including some Beta Israel.
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