Ongota

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A language of Ethiopia

Alternate Names
“Birale” (pej.), “Birelle” (pej.), Ifa, “Shanqilla” (pej.)
Population

10 (2007 census).

Location

Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ region: south Omo zone, west bank of Weyt’o river, 1 village.

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Language Status

8b (Nearly extinct).

Typology

SOV; postpositions, genitives follow noun heads, suffixes indicate noun case, verb affixes mark subject, person, number, and gender; passive; causative.

Language Use

Older adults. Negative attitudes. Shifting to Tsamai [tsb] (Dimmendaal 2007). Also use Hamer-Banna [amf], Konso [kxc], Oromo [orm].

Writing

Unwritten [Qaax].