Oromo, Eastern

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A language of Ethiopia

Alternate Names
Harar, Harer, Ittu, “Kwottu” (pej.), “Qottu” (pej.), “Qotu Oromo” (pej.), “Quottu” (pej.), “Qwottu” (pej.)
Population

4,530,000 (1994 census). 25,500,000 all Oromo speakers in Ethiopia (2007 census).

Location

Oromiya Region, northern Bale, East Hararghe, and West Hararghe zones; Sumale State, Shinile zone, and southernmost Afar State; also in Dire Dawa and Hareri Hizb.

Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

None known. Reportedly similar to Borana-Arsi-Guji Oromo [gax]. A member of macrolanguage Oromo [orm].

Typology

SOV.

Language Use

Positive attitudes. Also use Amharic [amh]. Used as L2 by Amharic [amh], Bambassi [myf], Dirasha [gdl], Gumuz [guk].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 15%.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

In Ethiopia, Oromo is viewed as 1 people who speak 1 language. Muslim.