Shekkacho

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A language of Ethiopia

Alternate Names
Mocha, Shakacho, Shekka
Population

79,900 (2007 census). 36,500 monolinguals. L2 users: 3,480.

Location

Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ region: Maasha area; Oromia and Gambela regions.

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Language Status

4 (Educational).

Dialects

None known. Reportedly similar to Kafa [kbr].

Typology

SOV; tonal.

Language Use

Also use Amharic [amh]. Used as L2 by Shabo [sbf].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 39%. Also taught as a major at the university level. Taught in primary schools as a subject in grades 1–4. Dictionary. Bible portions: 2004.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Ethnic autonym: Shekkacho. Traditional religion.