Borna

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A language of Ethiopia

Alternate Names
Borəni noon, Bora, Borí noonə, Boro, Bworo, Dangabo, Gonga, Scinacia, Shinasha, Shinassha, Shinicho, Šinaša
Autonym
Bori Noona, Borna
Population

38,180, all users. L1 users: 35,900 (2007 census). L2 users: 2,280. 18,600 monolinguals. 77 Gamila. Ethnic population: 60,600 (2007 census).

Location

Benishangul-Gumuz region: Metekel zone, near Blue Nile river.

Language Status

4 (Educational).

Dialects

Wenbera-Dangur, Guba, Wambera. Scattered dialect groups. Lexical similarity: 46% with Shekkacho [moy].

Typology

SOV.

Language Use

Used by all children in Dibat’e and Bulen and by most children in Dangur. Spoken by a minority of children in Wenbera; most speak Oromo [hae]. Positive attitudes. Also use Amharic [amh], Oromo [orm].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 25% in Amharic [amh]. Taught in primary schools in grades 1–4 as the medium of instruction. Taught in secondary schools in grades 5–9 as subject. Grade 10 mother tongue subject curriculum being developed in 2018. Grammar.
Writing

Ethiopic script [Ethi], used until 2007. Latin script [Latn], used since 2007.

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