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, Oromiya Region, northeast of Jimma zone, Fofa (main village); mixed in Oromo villages; Saja, Deedoo, Sak’a, Jimma.

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Language Status

4 (Educational).

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

Many use both Amharic [amh] and Oromo [orm], but Amharic is preferred.

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 24%. Bible portions: 2001.
Writing
Latin script.
Other Comments

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