Some Observations on the Construct Marker -a in Classical Ethiopic

  • Kasper Siegismund University of Copenhagen


This contribution offers a discussion of the Classical Ethiopic use of the marker -a to indicate both the direct object and the construct state of nouns. Following a critical evaluation of the explanation of the phenomenon given by Josef Tropper, a few observations are made here which seem to lend support to the idea that the use of the marker in the construct state is in fact a generalization of the accusative ending.

Author Biography

Kasper Siegismund, University of Copenhagen
PhD Fellow, Faculty of Theology, Section of Biblical Exegesis
Published online
How to Cite
SIEGISMUND, Kasper. Some Observations on the Construct Marker -a in Classical Ethiopic. Aethiopica, [S.l.], v. 20, p. 202–209, mar. 2018. ISSN 2194-4024. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 21 may 2018. doi:


Ge'ez; grammar; Semitic case endings