Baiso

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A language of Ethiopia

Alternate Names
Alkali, Bayso
Population

5,480 (2007 census).

Location

YeDebub Biheroch Bihereseboch na Hizboch State, halfway between Soddo and Arba Minch, Merab Abaya area, Alge village (390); Gidicho Island, Baiso and Shigima villages (200); Welege island on Lake Abaya (420), and west shore.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Typology

SOV.

Language Use

Have resisted extinction for at least 1,000 years (Brenzinger, Heine, and Sommer 1991). Most domains. All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use Dawro [dwr], Gamo [gmv], Gofa [gof], Wolaytta [wal]. Youth have greater proficiency in second languages than other age groups.

Writing

Unwritten [Qaax].

Other Comments

Are the minority in all their locations.