Basketo language

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Native to Ethiopia
Native speakers
93,000  (2007 census)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 bst
Glottolog bask1236[2]

Basketo (also known as Basketto, Baskatta, Mesketo, Misketto, and Basketo-Dokka) is an Afro-Asiatic language spoken in the Basketo special woreda of the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples Region, which is part of Ethiopia.[3] The speakers refer to the language as "Masketo", while their neighbors refer to it as "Basketo." It has said to consist of two dialects, "Doko" (Dokko) and "Dollo" (Dollo). Besides their mother tongue, some also speak Melo, Oyda, Galila, or Gofa.[4]

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  1. ^ Ethiopia 2007 Census
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Basketo". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  3. ^ Raymond G. Gordon, Jr, ed. 2005. "Basketo", Ethnologue: Languages of the World. 15th edition. Dallas: Summer Institute of Linguistics.
  4. ^ Alemayehu Abebe, "Sociolinguistic Survey Report of the Mesketo Language of Ethiopia", SIL Electronic Survey Reports SILESR 2002-067.

Further reading[edit]

  • Schütz, Julia (2006): "Kasusmarkierung im Basketo: Eine Analyse im Rahmen der Distribuierten Morphologie" in Gereon Müller & Jochen Trommer (eds.): Subanalysis of Argument Encoding in Distributed Morphology, Linguistische Arbeitsberichte 84, Universität Leipzig, pp. 63–75.

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