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Wild Plant Nomenclature and Traditional Botanical Knowledge among Three Ethnolinguistic Groups in Northwestern Ethiopia

by Zelealem Leyew

Botanists study plants. Ethnologists study ethnic groups including their language. Ethno-botany is an interface between botany and ethnology dealing with the perception of ethnic groups about plant life surrounding them. Language, as the mirror of the mind of speakers, is central in ethno-botanical studies. This work describes the linguistic properties of wild plant names and traditional botanical knowledge among three ethno-lingistic groups in northwestern Ethiopia: Awi, Gumuz and Shinasha. The ethno-lingistic groups speak Awni (Cushitic), Gumuz (Nilo-Saharan) and Shinasha (Omotic) languages, respectively. The purpose of this study is to document the names and uses of wild plants from three ethno-linguistic communities of Ethiopia: the Awi (A), Gumuz (G), and Shinasha (S) - henceforth AGS. The study also attempts to describe the traditional botanical knowledge of these groups in the identification and classification of their plant life.

ISBN 9789994455546 | 286 pages | 229 x 152mm | B/W Illustrations | 2011 | OSSREA, Ethiopia | Paperback

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