Awngi

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A language of Ethiopia

Alternate Names
Agau, Agaw, Agew, Agow, Awawar, Awi, Awiya, Damot, Kumfel, “Kunfäl” (pej.), Kunfel, Kwollanyoch
Population

489,000 (2007 census), increasing. At least two-thirds monolingual. Ethnic population: 1,000,000.

Location

Amhara Region, Awi zone, southwest of Lake Tana, scattered in Agew Midir and Metekel.

Language Status

4 (Educational).

Dialects

Dega, Kunfäl (Northern Awngi), Kwolla.

Typology

SOV

Language Use

64,425 L2 speakers (1994 census). All domains. All ages. Neutral attitudes. Bilingual speakers (Amharic [amh]) mostly in towns. Rural population has very limited knowledge of Amharic. For Northern Awngi (Kunfäl), only male population has knowledge of Amharic.

Language Development
Taught in primary schools in Awi Zone only. New media. Radio programs. Bible portions: 2009.
Writing
Ethiopic script, used since 1995.