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.

Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

Similar to Borana-Arsi-Guji Oromo [gax].

Typology

SOV

Language Use

Positive attitudes. Also use Amharic [amh].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 15%.
Writing
Latin script.
Other Comments

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