Hadiyya

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A language of Ethiopia

Alternate Names
Adea, Adiya, Adiye, Hadia, Hadiya, Hadya
Population

1,250,000 (2007 census). 595,000 monolinguals.

Location

Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Region (SNNPR), Gurage, Kambaata, and Hadiyya zones, between Omo and Billate rivers, Hosaina town area.

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Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Dialects

Leemo, Soro. Lexical similarity: 82% with Libido [liq], 56% with Kambaata [ktb], 54% with Alaba-Kabeena [alw], 53% with Sidamo [sid].

Typology

SOV; passive, reflexive, causative, middle verbs

Language Use

150,889 L2 speakers. Also use Amharic [amh].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: Below 1%. Literacy rate in L2: 34%. Used in education. New media. NT: 1992.
Writing
Ethiopic script, used in Church literature. Latin script, official usage.
Other Comments

Christian, Muslim.