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 (2010 UNSD), increasing. L2 users: 64,400 (1994 census). No monolinguals. Ethnic population: 1,000,000.

Location

Amhara region: Awi and North Gonder zones, southwest of Lake Tana; Benishangul-Gumuz region: Metekel zone.

Language Status

4 (Educational).

Dialects

Dega, Kwolla, Kunfäl (Northern Awngi).

Typology

SOV; tonal.

Language Use

All domains. All ages. Neutral attitudes. Also use Amharic [amh].

Language Development
Taught in primary schools. New media. Radio programs. Bible portions: 2009.
Writing

Ethiopic script [Ethi], used since 1995.