Mesmes

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A language of Ethiopia

Population

No known L1 speakers. One L1 speaker was still living in 2001 (2018 M. Ahland).

Location

Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ region: Gurage, Hadiyya, and Kambaata zones.

Language Status

9 (Dormant).

Dialects

None known. Related to Sebat Bet Gurage [sgw].

Typology

SOV.

Language Use

While it appears that the language is no longer spoken, the Mesmes ethnic and cultural identity is strong and remains important across the community (2018 M. Ahland).

Writing

Unwritten [Qaax].

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