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.
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: