Study Underway for Standardizing Afar Language Grammar

ASAIYTA, Nov. 22 (WIC) The president of Afar State has suggested that the effort underway to protect the right of the Afar people to use and develop their language as guaranteed by the federal constitution of Ethiopia must continue.

Ato Ismael Alissero was speaking yesterday at the opening session of a discussion at Awash Sebat Kilo town aimed at standardizing the grammar of the Afar language.

The studies underway both here and abroad to develop the language must be strengthened and continued, added the Afari president.

He assured the meeting that his administration would give any assistance which may contribute towards the success of the study and would collaborate with researchers until the study is completed.


The head of the discussion, Ato Esmael Arri, said on his part that studies to develop the language had been conducted in Britain, France and Egypt and added that the aim of the study seminar is to create a standard grammar of the Afar language from these studies.

Eighty experts drawn from Djibouti, Britain and Egypt are also participating in the discussion.