Bambassi

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A language of Ethiopia

Alternate Names
Amam, Bambeshi, Didessa, Fadiro, Northern Mao, Siggoyo
Population

5,000 (1982 SIL).

Location

Benishangul-Gumuz region: Bambassi area and Didessa river valley; Oromia region: western Wellaga zone.

Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

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

Typology

SOV.

Language Use

Mixed attitudes. Almost none use Amharic [amh]. Also use Eastern Oromo [hae].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 5%.
Writing

Unwritten [Qaax].

Other Comments

Muslim.