Mursi

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A language of Ethiopia

Alternate Names
Dama, Merdu, Meritu, Murzi, Murzu
Population

7,390 (2007 census). 3,160 monolinguals. L2 users: 34.

Location

Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ region: central Omo area, lowlands southwest of Jinka.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Closely related to the Tirmaga and Chai dialects of Suri [suq].

Typology

SVO; postpositions; case suffixes; verb affixes show subject, person, and number; question words final; tonal.

Language Use

Also use Amharic [amh]. Used as L2 by Kwegu [xwg].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 1%. Community literacy. Taught in primary schools as a subject in grades 1–4.
Writing

Ethiopic script [Ethi].

Other Comments

Traditional religion.