A language of Ethiopia

Alternate Names
Agmo Wandi, Begi-Mao, Hoozo, Mo Wandi, Nu Wandi, Shuluyo, Shulyo

6,000 (Küspert 2015).


Benishangul-Gumuz region; Oromia region: West Wollega zone, K’ondala district.

Language Status

7 (Shifting).


Hozo, Shulyo. Closely related to Seze [sze] (Küspert 2015); distantly related to Bambassi [myf] (Bender 1975). Hozo and Shulyo dialects have very high degree of intelligibility but viewed by speakers of these groups as separate languages.


SOV; sibilant harmony in roots; case-marking: apparently both Nominative and Accusative are marked (further research needed); rich verb morphology with aspect and tense; three different copulas; converbs; causative, passive and benefactive verb derivation morphemes; 22 consonants and 5 vowels (short and long, status of ə unclear); tonal (2 levels), tone distinguishes word classes; quintesimal-vingtesimal numeral system, giving way to Oromo forms.

Language Use

Outside of the home, the use of West Central Oromo [gaz] is increasing. Government encourages assimilation to Oromo. Home. Adults only. Also use Amharic [amh], Standard Arabic [arb], West Central Oromo [gaz].

Language Development

Literacy rate in L2: 5%.


Unwritten [Qaax].

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