Eastern Oromo language

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Eastern Oromo
Region Ethiopia
Native speakers
4.5 million  (1994 census[dubious ])[2]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 hae
Glottolog east2652[3]

Eastern Oromo (also known as "Ittu Oromo" or "Qottu Oromo") is a dialect of the Oromo language. According to the Ethnologue map of Ethiopian languages, it is spoken in the Mirab Hararghe Zone, Misraq Hararghe Zone and northern Bale Zone of the Oromia Region of Ethiopia.[4]

According to Ethnologue, a 1994 census reported 4,530,000 speakers of this dialect.[5] However, the 1994 Ethiopian national census did not break down language speakers according to dialect, although it reported 2,570,293 speakers of Oromo in those two zones.[6]


  1. ^ Distinguish Harari
  2. ^ Eastern Oromo at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  3. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Eastern Oromo". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  4. ^ "Languages of Ethiopia", Ethnologue (accessed 7 November 2009)
  5. ^ "Oromo, Eastern: A language of Ethiopia", Ethnologue
  6. ^ 1994 Population and Housing Census of Ethiopia: Results for Oromia Region, Vol. 1, part 1, Tables 2.15 (accessed 6 April 2009)


  • Owens, Jonathan. 1985. A grammar of Harar Oromo (Northeastern Ethiopia): including a text and a glossary. Cushitic language studies; Bd. 4) Hamburg: Buske.