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Tsamai language

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Tsamai language

Native to Ethiopia
Region Omo River region
Native speakers
18,000 (2007 census)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 tsb
Glottolog tsam1247  (Tsamai)[2]
dume1236  (Dume)[3]

Tsamai (also known as Ts'amay, S'amai, Tamaha, Tsamako, Tsamakko, Bago S'amakk-Ulo) is an Afro-Asiatic language spoken in Ethiopia.[4] Tsamai is a member of the Dullay dialect continuum. Cule (Kuile, Kule) and evidently Dume (pseudo-pygmies) were apparently varieties.


  1. ^ Ethiopia 2007 Census
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  4. ^ Raymond G. Gordon, Jr, ed. 2005. Ethnologue: Languages of the World. 15th edition. Dallas: Summer Institute of Linguistics.

Further reading

  • Graziano Savà. 2005. A Grammar of Ts'amakko. Cushitic Language Studies Volume 22. Cologne: Rüdiger Köppe Verlag.

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