Chara

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A language of Ethiopia

Alternate Names
Ciara
Population

13,087 (2007 census). 5,560 monolinguals.

Location

Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Region (SNNPR), 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. 668 L2 speakers. All domains. All ages. Positive attitudes. May also use Melo [mfx] or Dawro [dwr]. Some also use Wolaytta [wal] to the east or Kafa [kbr] to the west.

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

Traditional religion.