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. L2 users: 2,050.

Location

Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ region: Bench-Maji zone.

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Language Status

4 (Educational).

Dialects

None known. Related to Sheko [she] and Nayi [noz].

Typology

SOV; tonal.

Language Use

Home, church, market, courts, government meetings (sometimes with interpretation). All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use Amharic [amh].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 17%. Pilot classes for mother-tongue multilingual education. Taught in primary schools as medium of instruction for grades 1–3. Grade 4 materials are being developed. Radio programs.
Writing

Ethiopic script [Ethi], no longer in use. Latin script [Latn], used since 2008, official usage.

Other Comments

Traditional religion, Christian.