January 10, 2007

Ethiopian Population Types

This image was captured by German Max Gruhl. Wollamo People can be found in the South of Ethiopia. They are famed for their unique hip shaking dance. Here is a little linguistic information about the Wollamo people:


A language of Ethiopia

ISO/DIS 639-3: wal

Population 1,231,673 (1998 census). 999,694 monolinguals. Ethnic population: 1,269,216 (1998 census).
Region Wolaytta Region, Lake Abaya area.
Alternate names Wellamo, Welamo, Wollamo, Wallamo, Walamo, Ualamo, Uollamo, Wolaitta, Wolaita, Wolayta, Wolataita, Borodda, Uba, Ometo
Dialects Zala. Dorze, Melo, Oyda may be dialects of Wolaytta or of Gamo-Gofa-Dawro. Lexical similarity 79% to 93% with Gamo, 84% with Gofa, 80% with Kullo and Dorze, 48% with Koorete, 43% with Male.
Classification Afro-Asiatic, Omotic, North, Gonga-Gimojan, Gimojan, Ometo-Gimira, Ometo, Central
Language use 89,801 second-language speakers.
Language development Literacy rate in first language: 1% to 5%. Literacy rate in second language: 29.6%. NT: 1981.
Comments Geographic names: Balta, Borodda, Ganta, Otschollo, Uba. SOV. Traditional religion, Christian.


Anonymous said...

Hey! pls edit or remove derogatory terms here...I think it's better to use appropriate terms when explaining any ethnic group or tribe. I think using 'Wolayta' or 'Wolaita' is appropriate rather than using old and also derogatory terms...Thanks

Robert Egeter said...

Derogatory terms are mentioned because they were once used, not because they are correct.