38,400 (2007 census). 13,600 monolinguals (1994 census). L2 users: 4,920.
Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ region: Bench-Maji zone; southeast Gambela region.
None known. Distinct from Shabo [sbf].
SOV; postpositions; genitives, articles, adjectives, numerals, relatives after noun heads; question word initial; 1 prefix, 5 suffixes; word order distinguishes subjects, objects, indirect objects; affixes indicate case of noun phrases; verb affixes mark person, number, gender of subject; passives, causatives, comparatives; CV, CVC, CVV, CV:C, CVCC; tonal, 3 tones.
Latin script [Latn], used since 2008.
Traditional religion, Christian.