Alaba-K’abeena

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A language of Ethiopia

Alternate Names
Alaaba, Allaaba, Halaba, K’abena, Qebena
Population

287,000 (2007 census). 234,000 Alaba, 52,700 K’abeena (2007 census). 111,000 monolinguals (1994 census). L2 users: 29,700.

Location

YeDebub Biheroch Bihereseboch na Hizboch and Oromiya states; Rift Valley southwest of Lake Shala, separated by Belate river from Kambatta [ktb] language area.

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Language Status

4 (Educational).

Dialects

K’abeena, Wanbasana (Alaba). Lexical similarity: 81% with Kambaata [ktb], 64% with Sidamo [sid], 56% with Libido [liq], 54% with Hadiyya [hdy].

Typology

SOV.

Language Use

Positive attitudes. Also use Amharic [amh].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: Below 1%. Literacy rate in L2: 9%. Taught in primary schools.
Writing

Ethiopic script [Ethi].

Other Comments

Muslim.