Eastern Oromo language

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Eastern Oromo
Harar[note 1]
Native speakers
(4.5 million[dubious ] cited 1994 census)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3hae

Eastern Oromo (also known as "Ittu Oromo" or "Qottu Oromo") is a dialect of the Oromo language. It is spoken in the East Hararghe Zone, West Hararghe Zone and northern Bale Zone of the Oromia Region of Ethiopia.[3]

According to Ethnologue, a 1994 census reported 4,530,000 speakers of this dialect.[1] 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.[4]


  1. ^ Distinguish from Harari language, a South Semitic language


  1. ^ a b Eastern Oromo at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Eastern Oromo". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ "Languages of Ethiopia", Ethnologue (accessed 7 November 2009)
  4. ^ 1994 Population and Housing Census of Ethiopia: Results for Oromia Region, Vol. 1, part 1 Archived November 15, 2009, at the Wayback Machine, 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.