Yemsa

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A language of Ethiopia

Alternate Names
“Janjerinya” (pej.), “Janjero” (pej.), “Janjor” (pej.), “Yangaro” (pej.), Yem, Yemma, “Zinjero” (pej.)
Population

92,200 (2007 census).

Location

Southwest, YeDebub Biheroch Bihereseboch na Hizboch State, Yem zone; Oromiya Region, northeast of Jimma zone, Fofa (main village); mixed in Oromo villages; Saja, Deedoo, Sak’a, Jimma.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Fuga of Jimma, Toba. The Fuga of Jimma dialect may be a separate language. Lexical similarity: 24% with Shekkacho [moy].

Typology

SOV; tonal.

Language Use

Also use Amharic [amh], Oromo [orm].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 24%. Bible portions: 2001.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Ethnic autonym: Yem.Yemma is the feminine form of Yem. Christian, Muslim.