Silt’e

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A language of Ethiopia

Alternate Names
East Gurage, Selti, Silte, Silti
Population

935,000 (2007 census).

Location

YeDebub Biheroch Bihereseboch na Hizboch State,150 km south of Addis Ababa, Silte zone, Werabey town.

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Language Status

4 (Educational).

Dialects

Enneqor (Inneqor), Ulbarag (Urbareg). Reportedly similar to Wolane [wle].

Typology

SOV; prepositions and postpositions; genitives, adjectives, numerals, relatives before noun heads; articles after noun heads; passives; causatives; CV, CVC; nontonal.

Language Use

Home, market. All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use Amharic [amh].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 15%. Literacy rate in L2: 17%. Literacy rate increasing. Taught in primary and secondary schools. Radio programs. Dictionary. Bible portions: 1981–1988.
Writing

Ethiopic script [Ethi].