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. 323,000 monolinguals. Ethnic population: 1,000,000. L2 users: 64,400 (1994 census).

Location

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

Language Status

4 (Educational).

Dialects

Dega, Kunfäl (Northern Awngi), Kwolla.

Typology

SOV; tonal.

Language Use

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

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

Ethiopic script [Ethi], used since 1995.