46,400 in Ethiopia (2007 census). 29,300 monolinguals. Population total all countries: 70,100.
South of Lake Chamo. Also in Kenya.
Lexical similarity: 41% with Sidamo [sid] (most similar).
SOV; passives; middle voice; causatives; subject suffixes distinguish person, number, gender
3,045 L2 speakers. 32,000 in ethnic group (2000 M. Brenzinger). Many in Ethiopia are older adults.