Gedeo

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A language of Ethiopia

Alternate Names
“Darasa” (pej.), “Darassa” (pej.), “Derasa” (pej.), “Derasanya” (pej.), “Deresa” (pej.), Geddeo
Population

975,000 (2007 census). 439,000 monolinguals. L2 users: 48,000.

Location

YeDebub Biheroch Bihereseboch na Hizboch and Oromiya states, central highland area, southwest of Dilla and east of Lake Abaya.

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Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Dialects

None known. Lexical similarity: 60% with Sidamo [sid] (most similar), 57% with Alaba-Kabeena [alw], 54% with Kambaata [ktb], 51% with Hadiyya [hdy].

Typology

SOV; causative; middle, passive verbs.

Language Use

Also use Amharic [amh].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: Below 1%. Literacy rate in L2: 5%. Used in education. Radio programs. NT: 1986.
Writing

Ethiopic script [Ethi].

Other Comments

Traditional religion, Christian.