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Zayse-Zergulla language

Native toEthiopia
RegionGamo Gofa region, west of Lake Chamo
Native speakers
19,000 (2007 census)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3zay

Zayse-Zergulla is the combined title for the two closely related dialects of Zayse (also Zaysete, Zaisse, Zaysite, Zaysse) and Zergulla (or Zergula). The division may be more along ethnic or geographic lines than linguistic. It is an Afro-Asiatic Omotic language, and is spoken in the southwestern part of Ethiopia, to the immediate west of Lake Chamo. It is similar to the Gidicho dialect of the Koorete language.

For language examples, see Amha, Azeb. 2017. “Documentation of house-construction and terrace farming in Zargulla, an endangered Omotic language.” Endangered Languages Archive. Handle: Accessed on 17 October 2023


  1. ^ Zayse-Zergulla at Ethnologue (25th ed., 2022) Closed access icon


  • Hayward, Richard J. 1990. "Notes on the Zayse Language" in Omotic Language Studies. London: School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. pp. 210–355.

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