Anbessa Teferra
Anbessa teferra
Born: 1962, Yirba (Sidaama), Ethiopia
Immigrated to Israel: 1990

Married + 2 Children (Jared and Hanoch)

Academic Qualifications:

Working experience: Courses taught:
Introduction to Language and Linguistics, General Phonetics and Phonology, Amharic for Beginners, Advanced Amharic, Sidaama for Beginners,  Sidaama for Advanced Students, Topics in the Morphology and Syntax of Ethiopian Langauges.


Dinner with Amharic class at an Ethiopian restaurant in Tel-Aviv (2007)

Fields of interest:
The Structure of Amharic, Linguistic Analysis of Sidaama, Cushitic Linguistics, Hebrew-Amharic Lexicography, Phonetics and Phonology, Sociolinguistics, Text Translation.



  • “Ballissha : Women's Speech Among the Sidama”, Journal of Ethiopian Studies, Vol. XX, pp. 44-59, Addis Ababa University: Institute of Ethiopian Studies, 1987.
  • Anbessa Teferra and Unseth Peter. 1990. “Toward the Classification of Shabo”, in Bender, ed.: Topics in Nilo-Saharan Linguistics, 405-418 (Nilo-Saharan Linguistic Analyses and  Documentation 3), Buske, Hamburg. 1990.
  • “A Sketch of Shabo Grammar”, in Bender, ed.: Proceedings of the Fourth Nilo-Saharan  Linguistics Colloquium, 373-89 (Nilo-Saharan Linguistic Analyses and Documentation 7),  Buske, Hamburg. 1991.
  • “Complementation in Sidamo”, in Banti, ed.:Proceedings of the 2nd International  Symposium on Cushitic and Omotic Languages, Torino, Italy. 1993.
  • “Phonological Government in Sidaama”, in Harold G. Marcus, ed. Papers of the 12th     International Conference of Ethiopian Studies, Vol. I, pp.1085-1101 (New Trends In  Ethiopian Studies), The Red Sea Press Inc. 1994.
  • “A Brief Phonology of Shabo (Mekeyir)”, in Nicolai Robert and Rottland Frantz, eds.  Fifth Nilo- Saharan Linguistics Colloquium", Nilo-Saharan Vol. 10, pp. 29-37. Köln:  Köppe Verlag. 1995.
  • "Differences Between the Amharic Dialects of Gondär and Addis Abäba" in T. Parfitt and   E.Trevisan Semi (eds.) The Beta Israel in Ethiopia and Israel - Studies on the  Ethiopian Jews, pp. 257-263, London: Curzon Press. 1999.
  • “Palatalization in Sidaama”, Proceedingss of the XIVth International Conference of         Ethiopian Studies. pp. 1674-78 Institute of Ethiopian Studies, Addis Ababa University Press. 2002.

    Was advisor and also contributor in preparation of various books on Amharic such as Amharic for Beginners and Advanced Students, Folktales of Ethiopian Jews, Amharic Songs, etc.

    Address: Dr. Anbessa Teferra, Dept. of Hebrew and Semitic Languages, Tel Aviv University, 69978 Tel Aviv, Israel
    Home:  P.O.Box 76, Hadera 38100, Israel.

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