Zaysete

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A language of Ethiopia

Alternate Names
Korisadam, Zagisite, Zaisse, Zayse, Zayse-Zergulla, Zaysinya, Zaysitè, Zaysse, Zeyese
Autonym
Zaysite
Population

18,500 (2007 census). 10,200 Zayse, 7,600 Zergulla. 3,000 monolinguals. Ethnic population: 17,900 (2007 census).

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. Speakers are shifting from Zergulla to Zayse (Dimmendaal and Voeltz 2007). Similar to the Gidicho dialect of Koorete [kqy].

Typology

SOV; nominative marking; agglutinative (only suffixes); vowel and consonant lengthening; lexical and grammatical tone (2 phonemic levels); converb use common; inclusive/exclusive pronouns.

Language Use

Vigorous. Approximately 7,000 ethnic Gamo speak Zergulla as L1. Children up to school age speak Zayse than any other language. All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use Amharic [amh]. Used as L2 by Bussa [dox].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 50% in Amharic [amh]. Taught in primary schools in grades 1–4 as language of instruction, higher grades will include Zayse as subject. Radio. Bible portions: 2014–2016.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

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