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Southern Oromo language information

Southern Oromo
RegionKenya, Ethiopia
EthnicityBorana Oromo, Sakuye
Native speakers
3.9 million (2000-2009)[1]
Language family
  • Cushitic
    • Lowland East
      • Oromoid
        • Oromo
          • Southern Oromo
Language codes
ISO 639-3gax

Southern Oromo, or Afaan Oromoo (after one of its dialects), is a variety of Oromo spoken in southern Ethiopia and northern Kenya by the Borana people. Günther Schlee also notes that it is the native language of a number of related peoples, such as the Sakuye.[2]

Dialects are Borana proper (Boran, Borena), possibly Arsi (Arussi, Arusi) and Guji (Gujji, Jemjem) in Ethiopia and, in Kenya, Karayu, Salale (Selale), Gabra (Gabbra, Gebra) and possibly Orma and Waata.[citation needed]

The language is locally and commonly known as Afaan Oromoo("Oromo language").

  1. ^ "Oromo, Borana-Arsi-Guji". Ethnologue. Retrieved 2018-12-12.
  2. ^ Schlee, "Interethnic Clan Identities among Cushitic-Speaking Pastoralists", Africa, 55 (1985),p. 21

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