- Language: Qimant
- Alternate names: Kimanteney, Western Agaw
- Language code: ahg
- Language family: Afro-Asiatic, Cushitic, Agaw, Northern-Eastern-Western Agaw
- Dialects: Kayla.
- Number of speakers: 1650
- Vulnerability: Endangered [Read more...]
- 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.
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'
- Sociolinguistic Survey Report of the Kemant (Qimant) Language of Ethiopia. PDF, 2,97MB Δ