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Maale language

Native toEthiopia
RegionSouth Omo, southeast of Jinka
Native speakers
105,000 (2010 census)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3mdy

Maale (also spelled Male) is an Omotic language spoken in the Omo Region of Ethiopia. The Maale people are vigorously maintaining their language despite exposure to outside pressures and languages.[2]


  1. ^ Ethiopia 2007 Census Archived 2010-11-14 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Aswegen, Kobus van. 2008. The maintenance of Maale in Ethiopia. Language Matters : Studies in the Languages of Africa 39(1): 29-48.


  • Van Aswegen, Jacobus. 2008. Language Maintenance and Shift in Ethiopia: The Case of Maale. MA thesis, University of South Africa.

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