Màwés Aasʼè

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A language of Ethiopia

Alternate Names
Amam, Bambassi, Bambeshi, Didessa, Fadiro, Northern Mao, Siggoyo
Autonym
Màwés Aasʼè
Population

L1 users: 2,300 (2011 M. Ahland).

Location

Benishangul-Gumuz region: Bambassi area toward the east to the Yabus River and also 300 km to the east in the Didessa river valley; Oromia region: western Wellaga zone.

Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

Didessa, Bambassi. Lexical similarity: 30% with other Omotic languages, 60% with Sezo [hoz] (Bender 2003).

Typology

SOV.

Language Use

Mixed attitudes. Children in some areas (e.g. Wamba) are no longer learning the language. Most also use West Central Oromo [gaz], learning it as children and using it in many domains. A few also use Amharic [amh], especially some adults in Bambassi area. Also use Eastern Oromo [hae].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 5%.
Writing

Latin script [Latn], in development.

Other Comments

Muslim.

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