49,450 in Ethiopia, all users. L1 users: 46,400 (2010 UNSD). L2 users: 3,050. 29,300 monolinguals. Total users in all countries: 73,150 (as L1: 70,100; as L2: 3,050).
Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ region: south of Lake Chamo; into Oromia region.
None known. Lexical similarity: 41% with Sidamo [sid] (most similar).
SOV; passives; middle voice; causatives; subject suffixes distinguish person, number, gender.
32,000 in ethnic group (2000 M. Brenzinger). Many in Ethiopia are older adults. Also use Amharic [amh].
Ethiopic script [Ethi].