Dizin

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A language of Ethiopia

Alternate Names
Dizi, Dizi-Maji, Dizinog, Dizinya, Maji, Majinya, Sizi, Twoyu
Population

33,900 (2007 census), increasing. 17,600 monolinguals.

Location

Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Region (SNNPR), near Maji town.

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Language Status

4 (Educational).

Dialects

Related to Sheko [she] and Nayi [noz].

Typology

SOV; tonal

Language Use

2,054 L2 speakers. Home, church, market, courts, government meetings (sometimes with interpretation). All ages. Positive attitudes.

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: Below 1%. Literacy rate in L2: 17%. Pilot classes for mother-tongue multilingual education. Radio programs.
Writing
Ethiopic script, no longer in use. Latin script, used since 2008, official usage.
Other Comments

Traditional religion, Christian.