Oromo, Borana-Arsi-Guji

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A language of Ethiopia

Alternate Names
Afan Oromo, “Galla” (pej.), “Galligna” (pej.), “Gallinya” (pej.), Southern Oromo
Population

3,630,000 in Ethiopia. 25,500,000 all Oromo speakers in Ethiopia (2007 census). Population total all countries: 3,949,600.

Location

South Oromia region; Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ region; Amhara, Afar, and Somali regions.

Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

A member of macrolanguage Oromo [orm].

Typology

SOV.

Language Use

Also use Swahili [swh].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 16%. Bible: 1967.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

In Ethiopia, Oromo is viewed as one people who speak one language. Called Borana in Kenya where Gabra and Sakuye dialects may have significant dialect and language attitude differences from Borana dialect. Muslim, traditional religion.

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