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Southern Oromo language information

Southern Oromo
RegionKenya, Ethiopia, Somalia
EthnicityBorana Oromo, Sakuye
Native speakers
9.6 million (2019–2024)[1]
Language family
  • Cushitic
    • Lowland East
      • Oromoid
        • Oromo
          • Southern Oromo
Writing system
Language codes
ISO 639-3gax

Southern Oromo, or Borana (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), and Gabra (Gabbra, Gebra).

  1. ^ Southern Oromo at Ethnologue (27th ed., 2024) Closed access icon
  2. ^ Schlee, Günther (1985). "Interethnic Clan Identities among Cushitic-Speaking Pastoralists". Africa. 55 (1): 21. doi:10.2307/1159837. JSTOR 1159837. S2CID 143858455.

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