Argobba

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A language of Ethiopia

Population

43,700 (2007 census). 100 monolinguals. L2 users: 3,240.

Location

Amhara and Afar regions: Rift Valley in Yimlawo, Gusa, Shonke, Berehet, Khayr Amba, Melkajillo, Metehara, and Shewa Robit villages area. Northeast.

Language Status

4 (Educational).

Dialects

Aliyu Amba-Ankober, Shagura, Shonke-T’allaha. Lexical similarity: 53% with Amharic [amh] (Shonke-T’allaha dialect).

Language Use

The ethnic group near Ankober mainly speaks Amharic [amh]; the group near Harar mainly speaks Oromo [hae]. Children in Shonke-T’allaha area learn Argobba; in other areas, used only by older people. Positive attitudes. Also use Amharic [amh], Oromo [orm].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 16% in Amharic. Taught in primary schools as medium of instruction.
Writing

Unwritten [Qaax].

Other Comments

Muslim.