A language of Ethiopia

Alternate Names
Cullo, Dauro, Kullo, Ometay

563,000, all users. L1 users: 543,000 (2007 census). 81,600 Konta (2010 UNSD). L2 users: 20,000. 260,000 monolinguals.


Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ region: Dawro zone; 2 small border areas in Oromia region.

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Language Status

4 (Educational).


Konta (Conta), Kucha (Koysha, Kusha). Lexical similarity: 73%–80% with Gamo [gmv], 76% with Gofa [gof], 80% with Wolaytta [wal], 73%–75% with Dorze [doz], 48% with Koorete [kqy], 43% with Male [mdy].


SOV; derived nouns formed by suffixation of verbs; passives; case suffixes; postpositions; tonal.

Language Use

Neutral attitudes. Also use Amharic [amh]. Used as L2 by Chara [cra].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 24%. Church-based literacy program started 2007. Taught in primary schools in grades 1–4 as the medium of instruction, in grades 5–10 as a subject. NT: 2011.

Ethiopic script [Ethi], used in Church literature. Latin script [Latn], official usage.

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