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SIL Electronic Survey Reports 2011-046

A Sociolinguistic Survey Report of the Zay People in Ethiopia

Authors  Jordan, Linda
Mohammed, Hussein
Netzley, Jillian
Abstract  The optimal language for literature and educational materials is not the same for all Zay areas. The data gathered during the current study points to Zay as optimal for the islands on Lake Ziway and Oromo as optimal for the lakeshores. However, the Zay people living on the islands would probably be well served by Amharic literature and educational materials until most of them immigrate to the shore or the Oromo educational system causes a shift in preference to Oromo. Zay’s case is one of an endangered language that could prove to be a development success story, but only if the level of motivation for a language development project is high enough to initiate and sustain the effort.
  A Sociolinguistic Survey Report of the Zay People in Ethiopia
Published  2011
Language  Zay [zwa]
Country  Ethiopia
Subjects  Language surveys
Sociolinguistics
Keywords  Language surveys