Basketo language

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Native toEthiopia
Native speakers
93,000 (2007 census)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3bst

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.[1] 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.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Basketo at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Basketo". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ 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.