Saho

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A language of Eritrea

Alternate Names
Sao, Shaho, Shiho, Shoho
Population

191,000 in Eritrea (2006), increasing. Population total all countries: 223,800.

Location

South and North Red Sea regions. Also in Ethiopia.

Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Irob dialect only in Ethiopia. Very similar to Afar [aar].

Typology

SOV

Language Use

Home, community. All ages. Also use Tigrigna [tir] or Tigré [tig]. Hazo also use Afar [aar].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: Females: about 30%. Literacy rate in L2: Below 5%. Taught in some primary schools. Poetry. Radio programs. Videos. Dictionary. Bible portions: 1964.
Writing
Latin script.
Other Comments

Ethnic group names are Asa’orta, Hadu (Hazu), Miniferi. Nomadic. Not accepting of outsiders. Muslim, Christian.

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