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

74,400 (2007 census). 38,400 monolinguals (1994 census). Ethnic population: 46,500 Hamer, 27,000 Banna (2007 census).

Location

Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Region (SNNPR), South Omo zone, near Omo river; north of Lake Turkana, southwest corner, near Kenya, Uganda, and Sudan borders.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

Hamer and Banna are separate ethnic groups who speak virtually the same language.

Typology

SOV

Language Use

7,120 L2 speakers.

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: Below 1%. Literacy rate in L2: 1%.
Writing
Ethiopic script.
Other Comments

Traditional religion, Christian.