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The Omotic language

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The Omotic language family has a very great diversity within itself like the Cushitic group. Most languages in this family are spoken in the vicinity of the Omo river system from which the name is derived. Two regional sub-families of the Omotic family are the Northern and the Southern Omotic. The Northern Omotic includes Welayita, Gamo Gofa, Malo, Zala, Kulokonta, Zayse, Dorze, Koyra, Gidicho, Kachamo, Basketo etc. The southern Omotic family includes the Ari, Dime, Banna-Hamer, the Maji languages, (Maji, Sheko and Mao), and the Gimira and Janjero as well as the Ometo clusters. The Omotic languages are found only in Ethiopia.

(Source: National Atlas of Ethiopia)


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