Dirasha

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A language of Ethiopia

Alternate Names
Dhirasha, Diraasha, Dirayta, Gardulla, Ghidole, Gidole
Population

65,300 (2007 census). Ethnic population: 90,000 (2005 SIL). 41,100 Gidole, 7,470 Kusumitta (2007 census).

Location

Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Region (SNNPR), North Omo zone, hills west of Lake Chamo, Gidole town area.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Kusumitta, Mosiya. Part of a dialect subgroup with Konso [kxc] and Bussa [dox]. Lexical similarity: 55% with Konso [kxc].

Typology

SOV; verb suffix morphology shows causative, reflexive, subject person, number, gender

Language Use

7,000 L2 speakers. All domains except education. All ages. Neutral attitudes. Also use Amharic [amh], Eastern Oromo [hae], Konso [kxc], or Bussa [dox].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 0%. Trial L1 classes started in 2006; basic primer tested.
Writing
Ethiopic script, used since 2010, used in Church literature.
Other Comments

Christian.