Sidamo

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A language of Ethiopia

Alternate Names
Sidaama, Sidaamu Afoo, Sidaminya, Sidámo ’Afó
Population

2,980,000 (2007 census). 2,530,000 monolinguals. L2 users: 101,000.

Location

South central, Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ region: northeast of Lake Abaya; Oromia region: southeast of Lake Awasa.

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Language Status

4 (Educational).

Dialects

None known. Lexical similarity: 64% with Alaba-Kabeena [alw], 62% with Kambaata [ktb], 53% with Hadiyya [hdy].

Typology

SOV.

Language Use

Also use Amharic [amh].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 20%. Taught in university as a major and used as a government working language. Taught in primary schools in grades 1–4 as the medium of instruction, in grades 5–10 as a subject. Radio programs. Dictionary. Grammar. NT: 1990.
Writing

Ethiopic script [Ethi], used until 1993. Latin script [Latn], used since 1993.

Other Comments

Ethnic autonym: Sidaamu Afoo. Sidaminya is Amharic name for the language.