Saho

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A language of Eritrea

Alternate Names
Sao, Shaho, Shiho, Shoho
Population

253,000 in Eritrea (2010 J. Leclerc), increasing. Total users in all countries: 289,180 (as L1: 285,800; as L2: 3,380).

Location

Debub, Semenawi K’eyih Bahri, Debubawi K’eyih Bahri regions.

Language Status

5 (Dispersed).

Dialects

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

Typology

SOV.

Language Use

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

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

Ethiopic script [Ethi], official usage in Ethiopia. Latin script [Latn], official usage in Eritrea.

Other Comments

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

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