Aari

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A language of Ethiopia

Alternate Names
Aarai, Ara, Ari, Aro, “Shankilla” (pej.), “Shankilligna” (pej.), “Shankillinya” (pej.)
Population

235,000 (2007). 129,000 monolinguals.

Location

Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Region (SNNPR), Central North Omo zone, south tip of Ethiopia plateau, near the Hamer-Banna [amf] language area.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Bako (Baco), Biyo (Bio), Laydo, Seyki, Shangama, Sido, Wubahamer (Ubamer), Zeddo. Most similar to Gayil [gyl].

Typology

SOV

Language Use

13,300 L2 users. Home, market. Also use Amharic [amh] or Wolaytta [wal].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: Below 10%. Literacy rate in L2: 8%. NT: 1997.
Writing
Ethiopic script. Latin script.
Other Comments

Patrilineal. Traditional religion, Christian.