Mao of Bambeshi


  • Language: Mao of Bambeshi
  • Alternate names: Bambassi, Bambeshi, Siggoyo, Amam, Fadiro, Northern Mao, Didessa, Mao of Diddesa, Bambessi Mao, Didessa Mao
  • Language code: myf
  • Language family: Afro-Asiatic, Omotic, North, Mao, East (SIL classification)
  • Number of speakers: 5,000
  • Vulnerability: Threatened
  • Script: Unwritten.

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    Muslim, Christian.

    "Northern Mao, also known by the toponyms Bambassi and Diddesa, is one of the least documented Omotic languages (Bender 2000:180). A Mao language of the Omotic family, a subclass of the Afroasiatic phylum (Bender 1985; 2000; 2003; Hayward 2000), the language is spoken by an estimated 5,000 speakers (Siebert et al. 1993)"