Berta

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A language of Ethiopia

Alternate Names
Barta, Beni Shangul, Bertha, Burta, Jebelawi, Wetawit
Population

187,000 in Ethiopia (2007 census), increasing. 3,450 Fadashi. Population total all countries: 209,000. 99,700 monolinguals. L2 users: 16,500 in Ethiopia.

Location

Binshangul Gumuz State, corner formed by Blue Nile river and Sudan border north of Asosa; Dalati, Sirba Abay area east of Dabus river.

Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Bake, Dabuso, Fadashi, Mayu, Shuru, Undu. Probably more than one language.

Typology

SVO; case suffixes, passive, causative; prepositions; tonal.

Language Use

All domains, except for religion (which is in Arabic [arb]). All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use Amharic [amh].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 10%. Taught in primary schools. Dictionary.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

‘Beni Shangul’ is the Arabic name. Muslim.

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