Mursi

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A language of Ethiopia

Alternate Names
Dama, Merdu, Meritu, Murzi, Murzu
Population

7,390 (2007 census). 3,160 monolinguals.

Location

Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Region (SNNPR), central Omo area, lowlands southwest of Jinka.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Similar to Tirmi dialect of Suri [suq] in Sudan.

Typology

SVO; postpositions; case suffixes; verb affixes show subject, person, and number; question words final; tonal

Language Use

34 L2 speakers.

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: Below 1%. Literacy rate in L2: 1%. Community literacy.
Writing
Ethiopic script.
Other Comments

Traditional religion.