Bambassi

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A language of Ethiopia

Alternate Names
Amam, Bambeshi, Didessa, Fadiro, Northern Mao, Siggoyo
Population

5,000 (1982 SIL).

Location

Benishangul-Gumuz Region, Bambassi area and Didessa river valley.

Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

Bambassi, Didessa. Lexical similarity: 31% with other Omotic languages, 17% with Hozo-Sezo [hoz] (Bender 1983).

Typology

SOV

Language Use

Mixed attitudes. Some also use Eastern Oromo [hae]; almost none use Amharic [amh].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 5%.
Writing
Unwritten.
Other Comments

Muslim, Christian.