Bussa

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A language of Ethiopia

Alternate Names
Dobase, D’oopace, D’opaasunte, Gobeze, Goraze, Gowase, Lohu, Mashelle, Mashile, Masholle, Mosiye, Musiye, Orase
Population

19,700 (2007 census). 4,960 monolinguals. Ethnic population: 10,500 Mashola.

Location

Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Region (SNNPR), North Omo zone, west of Lake Chamo.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

There is a dialect chain with Konso-Dirasha-Dobase. Lexical similarity: 78% with Gawwada [gwd], 51% with Konso [kxc], 86% with the Gollango dialect of Gawwada, 80% with the Harso dialect of Gawwada, 61% with Tsamai [tsb].

Typology

SOV

Language Use

920 L2 speakers. Some also use Konso [kxc] or Dirasha [gdl].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 14%.
Writing
Unwritten.