Wolaytta

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A language of Ethiopia

Alternate Names
Borodda, Ometo, Ualamo, Uba, Uollamo, “Walamo” (pej.), Wallamo, Welamo, Wellamo, Wolaita, Wolaitta, Wolataita, Wolayta, Wollamo
Population

1,710,000 (2007 census). 1,000,000 monolinguals.

Location

Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Region (SNNPR), North Omo zone, Lake Abaya area.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Zala. Dorze [doz], Melo [mfx], and Oyda [oyd] may be dialects of Wolaytta. Lexical similarity: 79%–93% with Gamo [gmv], 84% with Gofa [gof], 80% with Dawro [dwr] and Dorze [doz], 48% with Koorete [kqy], 43% with Male [mdy].

Typology

SOV

Language Use

89,801 L2 speakers.

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 1%–5%. Literacy rate in L2: 30%. NT: 1981–2010.
Writing
Ethiopic script.
Other Comments

Geographic names: Balta, Borodda, Ganta, Otschollo, Uba. Traditional religion, Christian.