Zaysete

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A language of Ethiopia

Alternate Names
Zaisse, Zayse-Zergulla, Zaysitè, Zaysse, Zergula
Population

18,500 (2007 census). 10,200 Zayse, 7,600 Zergulla. Speakers are shifting from Zergulla to Zayse (Dimmendaal 2007). 3,000 monolinguals.

Location

YeDebub Biheroch Bihereseboch na Hizboch State, North Omo zone, west of Lake Chamo.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Zayse, Zergulla (Zargulla, Zergullinya). Similar to the Gidicho dialect of Koorete [kqy].

Typology

SOV.

Language Use

Vigorous. Approximately 7,000 ethnic Gamo speak Zergulla as L1. All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use Amharic [amh].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 0%. Literacy rate in L2: 50% in Amharic [amh]. Radio programs.
Writing

Ethiopic script [Ethi].