Ongota

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A language of Ethiopia

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

10 (2007 census). 3,400.

Location

Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Region (SNNPR), 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]. Some Ongota also speak Konso [kxc], Oromo [orm], or Hamar-Banna [amf] (Dimmendaal and Voeltz 2007).

Writing
Unwritten.