Maale language

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Native toEthiopia
Region[south omo (Ethiopia)
Native speakers
105.000 (2010 census)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3mdy

Maale (also spelled Male), is an Omotic language spoken in the Omo Region of Ethiopia by the Maale people.[3] It is called Male (Ethiopia) in ISO 639-3 to distinguish it from Male (Papua New Guinea).

The Maale people are maintaining their language vigorously, despite exposure to outside pressures and languages.[4]


  1. ^ Ethiopia 2007 Census Archived 2010-11-14 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Male (Ethiopia)". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ Raymond G. Gordon Jr., ed. 2005. Ethnologue: Languages of the World. 15th edition. Dallas: Summer Institute of Linguistics.
  4. ^ Aswegen, Kobus van. 2008. The maintenance of Maale in Ethiopia. Language Matters : Studies in the Languages of Africa 39(1): 29-48.


  • Van Aswegen, Jacobus. 2008. Language Maintenance and Shift in Ethiopia: The Case of Maale. MA thesis, University of South Africa.

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