Hozo language

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Native to Ethiopia
Region in Benishangul-Gumuz Region, South of Asosa
Native speakers
3,000  (1995)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 hoz
Glottolog hozo1236[2]

Hozo is an Afroasiatic language spoken mostly in the Kondala woreda of Mirab Welega Zone (Western Oromia) by peoples generically known as "Mao". There are smaller groups of Hozo speakers in Mana Sibu woreda. The term Hozo is usually understood by the Mao to refer to a clan. Hozo speakers prefer to call themselves Amo. Hozo and Seze are sometimes called Begi Mao.[3]


  1. ^ Hozo at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Hozo". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  3. ^ Raymond G. Gordon, Jr, ed. 2005. "Hozo", Ethnologue: Languages of the World. 15th edition. Dallas: Summer Institute of Linguistics.

Further reading[edit]

  • Bender, M. Lionel (2007): Hozo-Sezo. in: Uhlig, Siegbert (ed.): Encyclopaedia Aethiopica Vol.3, Wiesbaden, pp. 85–86.

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