Gawwada

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A language of Ethiopia

Alternate Names
Ale, Dullay, Gauwada, Gawata, Kawwada, Kawwad’a
Population

68,600 (2007 census). 27,500 monolinguals. L2 users: 1,370.

Location

Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ region: Tsegen zone, west of Lake Chamo.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

Dihina (Tihina, Tihinte), Gergere (K’ark’arte), Gobeze, Gollango (Kollanko), Gorose (Gorrose, Korrose), Harso (Worase). Lexical similarity: 78% with Bussa [dox], 73% with Tsamai [tsb], 77% with the Harso dialect, 92% with the Gollango dialect, 41% with Konso [kxc]. The Harso dialect has 80% lexical similarity with the Dobase dialect of Bussa [dox], 56% with Tsamai [tsb].

Typology

SOV.

Language Use

Positive attitudes. Also use Amharic [amh].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: Below 1%. Literacy rate in L2: 22%.