Native toEthiopia
RegionDirashe special woreda, Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People's Region
Native speakers
69,000 (2007 census)[1]
  • Gawwada proper
  • Dihina
  • Gergere
  • Gollango
  • Gorose
  • Harso
Ethiopic script
Language codes
ISO 639-3gwd

Ale (also known as Gawwada, Gauwada, Gawata, Kawwad'a, Kawwada) is an Afro-Asiatic language spoken in southern Ethiopia. It is a Dullay language. Varieties include Dihina, Gergere, Gollango (= Gaba?), Gorose, Harso; Blench (2006) considers these to be distinct languages.[2]


  1. ^ Ale at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015) (subscription required)
  2. ^ Blench, 2006. The Afro-Asiatic Languages: Classification and Reference List (ms)