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Libido language

Native toEthiopia
RegionGurage, Hadiya, Kembata regions
Native speakers
59,000 (2007 census)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3liq

Libido (also known as Mareqo, Mareko) is an Afroasiatic language of Ethiopia, which is spoken in the Mareko district Gurage Zone of the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People's Region, directly south-east of Butajira. It has about 58,800 native speakers (2007 census).[1]

It is closely related to Hadiyya (a dialect per Blench 2006) within the Highland East Cushitic languages. Its syntax is SOV; its verb has passive, reflexive and causative constructions, as well as a middle voice.


  1. ^ a b Libido at Ethnologue (27th ed., 2024) Closed access icon

Further reading

  • Korhonen, Elsa, Mirja Saksa, and Ronald J. Sim. 1986. A dialect study of Kambaata-Hadiyya (Ethiopia) [part 1]. Afrikanistische Arbeitspapiere 5: 5-41.
  • Korhonen, Elsa, Mirja Saksa, and Ronald J. Sim. 1986. A dialect study of Kambaata-Hadiyya (Ethiopia), [part 2]: Appendices. Afrikanistische Arbeitspapiere 6: 71–121.

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