BERTA: a language of Ethiopia

The following is the entry for this language as it appeared in the 14th edition (2000).
It was superseded by the corresponding entry in the 15th edition (2005). See also the corresponding entry in the 16th edition (2009).

SIL code: WTI

ISO 639-2: ssa

Population 124,799 mother tongue speakers including 8,715 Fadashi; 16,533 second language speakers including 795 of Fadashi; 125,853 in the ethnic group including 7,323 Fadashi in Ethiopia; 99,689 monolinguals including 4,146 Fadashi (1998 census). Population total both countries 147,000.
Region Beni Shangul Region, the corner formed by the Blue Nile River and Sudan border north of Asosa, and Dalati, a village east of the Dabus River. Also spoken in Sudan.
Alternate names   BENI SHANGUL, BERTHA, BARTA, BURTA, WETAWIT, JEBELAWI
Dialects SHURU, BAKE, UNDU, MAYU, FADASHI, DABUSO, GOBATO.
Classification Nilo-Saharan, Berta.
Comments Fadashi may be a separate language. 'Beni Shangul' is the Arabic name, and is reported to be derogatory. Investigation needed: intelligibility with Fadashi. SVO, case suffixes, passive, causative, tonal, prepositions. Literacy rate in second language: Berta: 9.7%, Gobato: 55.4%. Agriculturalists. Muslim.

Also spoken in:

Sudan   
Language name   BERTA
Population 22,000.
Alternate names   BARTA, BURTA, 'BENI SHANGUL', WETAWIT
Dialects SHURU, BAKE, UNDU, MAYU, FADASHI.
Comments Probably two or more languages. Fadashi may be separate. 'Beni Shangul' is the Arabic name, and is reported to be derogatory. Investigation needed: intelligibility with Fadashi. Agriculturalists. Traditional religion, Muslim. See main entry under Ethiopia.
 

This web edition of the Ethnologue contains all the content of the print edition and may be cited as:
Grimes, Barbara F. (ed.), 2000. Ethnologue: Languages of the World, Fourteenth edition. Dallas, Texas: SIL International. Online version: http://www.ethnologue.com/14.

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