Eastern Oromo language

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Eastern Oromo
Region Ethiopia
Native speakers
4.5 million[dubious ] (1994 census)[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. 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.[2] 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.[5]


  1. ^ Distinguish Harari
  2. ^ a b Eastern Oromo at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  3. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Eastern Oromo". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  4. ^ "Languages of Ethiopia", Ethnologue (accessed 7 November 2009)
  5. ^ 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.