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A language of Ethiopia

ISO 639-3aiw

Population  155,000 (1994 census). 129,350 monolinguals. Ethnic population: 155,002 (1989 census).
Region  North central Omo region, south tip of Ethiopia plateau, near the Hamer-Banna [amf].
Language map  Southwestern Ethiopia, reference number 1
Alternate names   Aarai, Ara, Ari, Aro, “Shankilla” , “Shankilligna” , “Shankillinya”
Dialects  Bako (Baco), Biyo (Bio), Laydo, Seyki, Shangama, Sido, Wubahamer (Ubamer), Zeddo. Most similar to Gayil [gyl].
Classification  Afro-Asiatic, Omotic, South
Language use  13,319 L2 users. Home, market. Also use Amharic [amh] or Gofa (Wolaytta [wal]).
Language development  Literacy rate in L1: 10%. Literacy rate in L2: 8.3%. NT: 1997.
Writing system  Arabic script. Ethiopic script. Latin script.
Comments  Patrilineal. SOV. Agriculturalists; traders; cottage industries. Traditional religion, Christian.
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