Aari language

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Native to Ethiopia
Region north central Omo Region
Native speakers
240,000  (2007 census)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 aiw

Aari (also spelled Ari, Ara, Aro, Aarai) is an Omotic language of Ethiopia. The speakers of this language have been known as Shankilla (or Shanqella), a name which is considered derogatory.

Dialects are Bako, Biyo (Biya), Laydo, Seyki, Shangama, Sido, Wubahamer, Zeddo. Literacy in Aari is about 10%. The first translation of the New Testament into Aari was published in 1997.


  • Richard Hayward (1990). "Notes on the Aari Language," Omotic Language Studies, Richard Hayward (editor), pp. 425–493. London: SOAS.


  1. ^ Aari at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)

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