Dawro

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A language of Ethiopia

Alternate Names
Cullo, Dauro, Kullo, Ometay
Population

543,000 (2007 census). 260,000 monolinguals.

Location

Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Region (SNNPR), Dawro zone.

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Language Status

4 (Educational).

Dialects

Konta (Conta), Kucha (Koysha, Kusha). Lexical similarity: 73%–80% with Gamo [gmv], 76% with Gofa [gof], 80% with Wolaytta [wal], 73%–75% with Dorze [doz], 48% with Koorete [kqy], 43% with Male [mdy].

Typology

SOV; derived nouns formed by suffixation of verbs; passives; case suffixes; postpositions; tonal

Language Use

Neutral attitudes.

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: Below 1%. Literacy rate in L2: 24%. Church-based literacy program started 2007. NT: 2011.
Writing
Ethiopic script, used in Church literature. Latin script, official usage.