Burji

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A language of Ethiopia

Alternate Names
Bambala, Bembala, Daashi
Population

46,400 in Ethiopia (2007 census). Population total all countries: 70,100. 29,300 monolinguals. L2 users: 3,050 in Ethiopia.

Location

Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ region: south of Lake Chamo; into Oromia state.

Language Status

4 (Educational).

Dialects

None known. Lexical similarity: 41% with Sidamo [sid] (most similar).

Typology

SOV; passives; middle voice; causatives; subject suffixes distinguish person, number, gender.

Language Use

32,000 in ethnic group (2000 M. Brenzinger). Many in Ethiopia are older adults. Also use Amharic [amh].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 29%. Taught in primary schools as a subject in grades 1–2. Dictionary. NT: 1993.
Writing

Ethiopic script [Ethi].

Other Comments

Christian, Muslim.

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