Kistane

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A language of Ethiopia

Alternate Names
North Gurage, Soddo, Soddo Gurage
Population

255,000 (1994 census). Ethnic population: 364,000 (1994 census). Includes 4,000 Gogot. L2 users: 60,500.

Location

YeDebub Biheroch Bihereseboch na Hizboch, Gurage, Kambaata, and Hadiyya zones, southwest of Addis Ababa; also in Oromiya State.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

Dobi (Dobbi, Goggot, Gogot), Soddo (Aymallal, Aymellel, Kestane, Kistane). Not intelligible with Silt’e [stv] or Sebat Bet Gurage [sgw]. Dobi dialect comprehension of Soddo is 76%, and Soddo speakers’ of Dobi is 90%.

Typology

SOV.

Language Use

Also use Amharic [amh].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 22%.
Writing

Ethiopic script [Ethi].

Other Comments

Not used in media. Christian.