21,600,000 in Ethiopia (2007 census). Population total all countries: 21,811,600. 14,800,000 monolinguals. L2 users: 4,000,000 in Ethiopia.
North central, Amhara region; Addis Ababa.
1 (National). Statutory national language (1994, Constitution, Art 5(2)), also statutory provincial language.
SOV; prepositions, genitives, articles, and relatives precede noun heads; question word initial; case affixes; verb suffixes show person, number, gender of subject and (optionally) object; passives including deponents, causatives, CV, CVC, V, CVCC.