553,400, all users. L1 users: 489,000 (2010 UNSD), increasing. L2 users: 64,400 (1994 census). 323,000 monolinguals. Ethnic population: 1,000,000.
Amhara region: Awi and north Gonder zones, southwest of Lake Tana; Benishangul-Gumuz region: Metekel zone.
Dega, Kwolla, Northern Awngi (“Kunfäl” (pej.)).
All domains. All ages. Neutral attitudes. Also use Amharic [amh], mostly in towns, and among Northern Awngi, only males know it; countryside population has very limited knowledge of the language.
Ethiopic script [Ethi], used since 1995.