Gamo-Gofa-Dawro language

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"Gamo language" redirects here. For the Nigerian language, see Gamo-Ningi language.
Native to Ethiopia
Region Omo Region
Native speakers
2.0 million (2007 census)[1]
Ethiopic, Latin
Language codes
ISO 639-3 Variously:
gmv – Gamo
gof – Gofa
dwr – Dawro
Glottolog dawr1235[2]

Gamo-Gofa-Dawro is an Afro-Asiatic language spoken in the Dawro, Gamo Gofa and Wolayita Zones of the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People's Region in Ethiopia. Varieties are spoken by the Gamo, Gofa, Dawro; Blench (2006) and Ethnologue treat these as separate languages. Dialects of Dawro (Kullo-Konta) are Konta and Kucha.[3] In 1992, Alemayehu Abebe collected a word-list of 322 entries for all three related dialects.[4]


  1. Gamo at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
    Gofa at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
    Dawro at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Dawro-Gofa-Gamo". Glottolog. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  3. Raymond G. Gordon, Jr, ed. 2005. Ethnologue: Languages of the World. 15th edition. Dallas: Summer Institute of Linguistics.
  4. * Alemayehu Abebe, "Ometo Dialect Pilot Survey Report" SIL Electronic Survey Reports SILESR 2002-068

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