Sebat Bet Gurage

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A language of Ethiopia

Alternate Names
Central West Gurage, Gouraghie, Gurage, Guragie, Gurague, West Gurage
Population

1,480,000 (2010 UNSD).

Location

Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ region: west Gurage zone; Chaha dialect: Emdibir area; Gura dialect: Gura Megenase and Wirir areas; Muher dialect: Ch’eza area, mountains north of Chaha and Ezha; Gyeto dialect: south of Ark’it’ in K’abul and K’want’e; Ezha dialect: Agenna.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Chaha (Cheha), Ezha (Eza, Izha), Gumer (Gwemarra), Gura, Gyeto, Muher (Muxir). Member of Gurage subgroup of languages.

Typology

SOV.

Language Use

Also use Amharic [amh].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 25%. NT: 1983.
Writing

Ethiopic script [Ethi].

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