• Language: Qimant
  • Alternate names: Kimanteney, Western Agaw
  • Language code: ahg
  • Language family: Afro-Asiatic, Cushitic, Central, Western
  • Number of speakers: 1650
  • Script: Ethiopic?


The Qimant language is a highly endangered language spoken by a small and elderly fraction of the Qemant people in Northern Ethiopia mainly in Chilga Woreda in Semien Gondar Zone between Gondar and Metemma.

It is not clear to what extent Kayla, Qwara and Qimant have been dialects of the same Western Agaw language, or were languages distinct from each other.

Qimant Verb

On the verb, all inflectional categories are marked by suffixes. There are three different aspect forms in Qimant: Perfective, Imperfective and Progressive.

Sample verb: 'to be'

Present Past
Sg.1 an gayl sïmbequ
Sg.2m ïntï gayla sïmbequ
Sg.2f ïntï gayla sïmbequ
Sg.2 res. nay gaɂla sïmbinäqu
Sg.3m ni gala sïmbequ
Sg.3f ni gala sïmbitï
Pl.1 annew gaɂlï sïmbïnequ
Pl.2 ïntändew gaɂiyla sïmbinequ
Pl.3 naydew gaɂla sïmbinäqu

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