Oromo, Borana-Arsi-Guji

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A language of Ethiopia

Alternate Names
Afan Oromo, “Galla” (pej.), “Galligna” (pej.), “Gallinya” (pej.), Southern Oromo
Population

3,630,000 in Ethiopia. 25,500,000 all Oromo speakers in Ethiopia (2007 census). Population total all countries: 3,949,400.

Location

South Oromiya Region. Also in Kenya (Borana), Somalia.

Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Harari [har] is closely related.

Typology

SOV

Language Use

Many also use Kiswahili [swh] and English [eng].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: Below 1%. Literacy rate in L2: 16%. Bible: 1987.
Writing
Latin script.
Other Comments

In Ethiopia, Oromo is viewed as 1 people who speak 1 language. Called Borana in Kenya where Gabra and Sakuye dialects may have significant dialect and language attitude differences from Borana dialect. Muslim, traditional religion.

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