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Burji language

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Burji language

Native to Ethiopia, Kenya
Region South of Lake Chamo
Native speakers
70,000 (2007 & 2009 censuses)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 bji
Glottolog burj1242[2]

Burji language (alternate names: Bembala, Bambala, Daashi) is an Afro-Asiatic language spoken by the Burji people who reside in Ethiopia south of Lake Chamo. There are over 46,000 speakers in Ethiopia, and a further 10,400 speakers in Kenya. Burji belongs to the Highland East Cushitic group of the Cushitic branch of the Afro-Asiatic family.[1]

The language has the SOV (subject–object–verb) word order common to the Cushitic family. The verb morphology distinguishes passive and middle grammatical voice, as well as causative. Verbal suffixes mark the person, number, and gender of the subject.

Numerals 1-10

  • 1. micha
  • 2. lama
  • 3. fadiya
  • 4. foola
  • 5. umutta
  • 6. liya
  • 7. lamala
  • 8. hiditta
  • 9. wonfa
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