489,000 (2007 census), increasing. 323,000 monolinguals. Ethnic population: 1,000,000. L2 users: 64,400 (1994 census).
Amhara region: Awi and North Gonder zones, southwest of Lake Tana; Benishangul-Gumuz region: Metekel zone.
Dega, Kunfäl (Northern Awngi), Kwolla.
All domains. All ages. Neutral attitudes. Bilingual speakers (Amharic [amh]) mostly in towns. Countryside population has very limited knowledge of Amharic. For Northern Awngi (Kunfäl), only male population has knowledge of Amharic.
Ethiopic script [Ethi], used since 1995.