Chara

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A language of Ethiopia

Alternate Names
Ciara
Population

13,000 (2007 census). 5,560 monolinguals. L2 users: 670.

Location

YeDebub Biheroch Bihereseboch na Hizboch State, South Omo zone, both sides of Omo river.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

Buch’a. Lexical similarity: 54% with Wolaytta [wal].

Typology

SOV; noun case suffixes; postpositions.

Language Use

Vigorous. All domains. All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use Dawro [dwr], Kafa [kbr], Melo [mfx], Wolaytta [wal].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: Below 1%.
Writing

Unwritten [Qaax].

Other Comments

Traditional religion.