Konso language

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Native toEthiopia
RegionSouth of Lake Chamo in the bend of the Sagan River
Native speakers
240,000 (2007)[1]
Ethiopic script
Language codes
ISO 639-3kxc

Konso (Komso, Khonso, also Af Kareti, Afa Karatti, Conso, Gato, Karate, Kareti) is a Lowland East Cushitic language spoken in southwest Ethiopia. Native speakers of Konso number about 200,000 (SIL 2005). Konso is closely related to Dirasha (also known as Gidole), and serves as a "trade language"—or lingua franca—beyond the area of the Konso people. Blench (2006) considers purported dialects Gato and Turo to be separate languages.[3]

The Grammar of Konso was first described by Hellenthal (2004), and later, in more detail, by Ongaye (2013). The New Testament was published in the Konso language in 2002.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Ethiopia 2007 Census
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Konso". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ Blench, 2006. The Afro-Asiatic Languages: Classification and Reference List (ms)

Literature on the Konso language[edit]

  • Bliese, Loren and Sokka Gignarta (1986). Konso Exceptions to SOV (subject–object–verb) Typology. Journal of Ethiopian Studies Volume 19:1-40.
  • Hellenthal, Anne-Christie (2004). Some Morphosyntactic Aspects of the Konso Language. MA thesis. Leiden University.
  • Ongaye Oda Orkaydo (2013). A Grammar of Konso. Ph.D.-dissertation. Leiden University. Download dissertation
  • Uusitalo, Mirjami (2007). Konso language. in Siegbert Uhlig (ed.), Encyclopaedia Aethiopica 3, 424-425. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag.