Dorze

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A language of Ethiopia

Population

20,800 (1994 census). 9,910 monolinguals. Ethnic population: 29,000 (1994 census). L2 users: 3,600.

Location

YeDebub Biheroch Bihereseboch na Hizboch State, North Omo zone, Chencha area.

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Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Dialects

None known. Lexical similarity: 82%–87% with Gamo [gmv], 77%–81% with Gofa [gof], 80% with Wolaytta [wal], 73%–75% with Dawro [dwr], 54% with Koorete [kqy], 48% with Male [mdy].

Typology

SOV.

Language Use

Also use Amharic [amh].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 57%.
Writing

Unwritten [Qaax].