Kwegu

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A language of Ethiopia

Alternate Names
Bacha, Koegu, Kwegi, Menja, Nidi
Population

1,640 (2007 census). Ethnic population: 2,630 Bacha (2007 census).

Location

Southwest, Omo River west bank, Kuchur village, and a small group north.

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Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Dialects

Muguji, Yidinich (Yidi, Yidinit). Listed dialects may not be inherently intelligible with Kwegu. May be a name for several hunter groups. Lexical similarity: 36% with Mursi [muz].

Typology

SVO; postpositions

Language Use

Diminishing among adults. 51 L2 speakers. Also use the Bodi dialect of Me’en [mym] or Mursi [muz].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 0%.
Writing
Unwritten.
Other Comments

Seen as lower class by Bodi, Mursi, Karo, or Nyangatom. Men from these patron groups may marry Kwegu women. A small group who maintain a basically constant population.