Burji
Bambala
ቡረጊ‎
Native toEthiopia, Kenya
RegionSouth of Lake Chamo
EthnicityBurji people
Native speakers
83,000 (2007 & 2019 censuses)[1]
Geʽez
Latin
Language codes
ISO 639-3bji
Glottologburj1242
ELPBurji

Burji language (alternate names: Bembala, Bambala, Daashi) is an Afro-Asiatic language spoken by the Burji people who reside in Ethiopia south of Lake Chamo. There are over 49,000 speakers in Ethiopia, and a further 36,900 speakers in Kenya. Burji belongs to the Highland East Cushitic group of the Cushitic branch of the Afro-Asiatic family.[1]

The language has the SOV (subject–object–verb) word order common to the Cushitic family. The verb morphology distinguishes passive and middle grammatical voice, as well as causative. Verbal suffixes mark the person, number, and gender of the subject.

The New Testament was published in the Burji language in 1993. A collection of Burji proverbs, translated into English, French, and Swahili, is available on the Web.[2]

Numerals 1-1000

Notes

  1. ^ a b Burji at Ethnologue (25th ed., 2022) Closed access icon
  2. ^ Angelique Chelo. 2016. A COLLECTION OF 100 BURJI PROVERBS AND WISE SAYINGS. Web Access Archived 2021-10-30 at the Wayback Machine

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