Hamer-Banna

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A language of Ethiopia

Alternate Names
Amar, Amarcocche, Amer, Ammar, Bana, Banna, Beshada, Cocche, Hamar, Hamar-Koke, Hamer, Hammer, Hammercoche, Kara Kerre
Population

73,500 (2007 census). 46,500 Hamer, 27,000 Banna. 38,400 monolinguals (1994 census). L2 users: 7,120.

Location

Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ region: south Omo zone, near Omo river; north of Lake Turkana, southwest corner, near Kenya and Sudan borders; Oromia region: Borena zone.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

None known. Hamer and Banna are separate ethnic groups who speak virtually the same language.

Typology

SOV.

Language Use

Also use Amharic [amh]. Used as L2 by Ongota [bxe], Tsamai [tsb].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: Below 1%. Literacy rate in L2: 1%.
Writing

Ethiopic script [Ethi].

Other Comments

Traditional religion, Christian.