Borna

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A language of Ethiopia

Alternate Names
Boro, Bworo, Scinacia, Shinasha
Population

37,500 (2007 census). 140 Gamila. 18,600 monolinguals. 77 Gamila. L2 users: 2,280. 45 Gamila.

Location

Benishangul-Gumuz region: Metekel zone, near Blue Nile river.

Language Status

4 (Educational).

Dialects

Amuru, Bulen-Dibat’e, Gamila, Guba, Wambera, Wenbera-Dangur. Scattered dialect groups. Lexical similarity: 46% with Shekkacho [moy].

Typology

SOV.

Language Use

Used by all children in Dibat’e and most children in Bulen and Dangur. Children in Wenbera speak Oromo [hae]. Positive attitudes. Also use Amharic [amh], Oromo [orm].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 25% in Amharic. Taught in primary schools in grades 1–4 as the medium of instruction, in grades 5–6 as a subject.
Writing

Ethiopic script [Ethi], used until 2007. Latin script [Latn], used since 2007.

Other Comments

Boro is the ethnic name.