Maale language

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Native to Ethiopia
Region Omo region, southeast of Jinka
Native speakers
95,000 (2007 census)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 mdy
Glottolog male1284[2]

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


  1. ^ Ethiopia 2007 Census
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Male (Ethiopia)". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: 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.


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

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