Majang

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A language of Ethiopia

Alternate Names
Ajo, Ato Majang, Ato Majanger-Onk, Majanjiro, Masango, Masongo, Mesengo, Ojanjur, Tama
Population

18,500 (2007 census). 10,800 monolinguals. Ethnic population: 11,000 Mesengo (2007 census).

Location

Southwest, parts of Gambela, Oromo, and Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples regions, a long, narrow belt between Bure (east of Gambela) and Guraferda south.

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Language Status

4 (Educational).

Dialects

Minor dialect variation.

Typology

VSO; postpositions; genitives, articles, adjectives, numerals, relatives after noun heads; question words final; suffixes indicate case, passives; causative prefix; reciprocal verb forms; verb affixes mark person, number, subject, object; many syllable patterns; tonal

Language Use

438 L2 speakers.

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: Below 1%. Literacy rate in L2: 21%. Used for education in Gambela. Bible portions: 1993.
Writing
Ethiopic script, used until 1990s. Latin script, official in Gambela Region.
Other Comments

Traditional religion, Christian.