Dizin

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A language of Ethiopia

Alternate Names
Diizinuog, Dizi, Dizi-Maji, Dizinog, Dizinya, Maji, Majinya, Sizi, Twoyu
Autonym
Diizi-Noog, Diizin
Population

35,950, all users. L1 users: 33,900 (2007 census), increasing. L2 users: 2,050. 17,600 monolinguals. Ethnic population: 34,700 (2007 census).

Location

Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ region: Bench-Maji zone.

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Language Status

4 (Educational).

Dialects

Central Dizin, Eastern Dizin, Western Dizin. Related to Sheko [she] and Nayi [noz].

Typology

SOV; tonal.

Language Use

Home, church, market, courts, government meetings (sometimes with interpretation). All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use Amharic [amh].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 17%. Pilot classes for mother-tongue multilingual education. Taught in primary schools as medium of instruction for grades 1–4. Taught as a subject in grades 5–6, with grade 7 materials being developed. Radio. Bible portions: 2012.
Writing

Ethiopic script [Ethi], no longer in use. Latin script [Latn], used since 2009, official usage.

Other Comments

Traditional religion, Christian.

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