46,400 in Ethiopia (2007 census). Population total all countries: 70,100. 29,300 monolinguals. L2 users: 3,050 in Ethiopia.
Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ region: south of Lake Chamo; into Oromia state.
None known. Lexical similarity: 41% with Sidamo [sid] (most similar).
SOV; passives; middle voice; causatives; subject suffixes distinguish person, number, gender.
32,000 in ethnic group (2000 M. Brenzinger). Many in Ethiopia are older adults. Also use Amharic [amh].
Ethiopic script [Ethi].