Zaysete

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A language of Ethiopia

Alternate Names
Zaisse, Zayse-Zergulla, Zaysitè, Zaysse, Zergula
Population

18,500 (2010 UNSD). 10,200 Zayse, 7,600 Zergulla. No monolinguals.

Location

Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ region: Tsegen zone, west of Lake Chamo.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Zergulla (Zargulla, Zergullinya), Zayse. Similar to the Gidicho dialect of Koorete [kqy].

Typology

SOV.

Language Use

Vigorous. Speakers are shifting from Zergulla to Zayse (Dimmendaal and Voeltz 2007). Approximately 7,000 ethnic Gamo speak Zergulla as L1. All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use Amharic [amh]. Used as L2 by Bussa [dox].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 50% in Amharic [amh]. Radio programs. Bible portions: 2014.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].