Nayi

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A language of Ethiopia

Alternate Names
Nao, Na’o
Population

7,190 (2007 census). 1,140 monolinguals. Ethnic population: 12,000 (Dimmendaal and Voeltz 2007).

Location

Scattered in Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Region (SNNPR), Decha Awraja, Shoa Bench wereda, Dulkuma village; Sheko wereda, Aybera, Kosa, and Jomdos villages.

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Language Status

7 (Shifting).

Dialects

Related to Dizin [mdx] and Sheko [she]. Lexical similarity: 58% with Dizin [mdx].

Typology

SOV

Language Use

1,876 L2 speakers. Mainly adults. Also use Kafa [kbr].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 7%.
Writing
Unwritten.