Dawro

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A language of Ethiopia

Alternate Names
Cullo, Dauro, Kullo, Ometay
Population

543,000 (2007 census). 260,000 monolinguals. L2 users: 20,000.

Location

YeDebub Biheroch Bihereseboch na Hizboch State, Dawro zone; 2 small border areas in Oromiya State.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

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. Also use Amharic [amh]. Used as L2 by Baiso [bsw], Chara [cra].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: Below 1%. Literacy rate in L2: 24%. Church-based literacy program started 2007. NT: 2011.
Writing

Ethiopic script [Ethi], used in Church literature. Latin script [Latn], official usage.