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Native toEthiopia
RegionGedeo Zone, Guji Zone
EthnicityGedeo people
Native speakers
1,400,000 (2018)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3drs

Gedeo is a Highland East Cushitic language of the Afro-Asiatic family spoken in south central Ethiopia. Alternate names for the language include Derasa, Deresa, Darassa, Geddeo, Derasanya, Darasa. It is spoken by the Gedeo people, who live in the highland area, southwest of Dila and east of Lake Abaya.[1]

The languages has SOV word order. Verbs are marked for person, number, and gender of subject. Verbs are marked for voice: active, causative, middle, and passive.

The New Testament was published in the Gedeo language in 1986, using the Ethiopian syllabary.


  1. ^ a b Gedeo at Ethnologue (25th ed., 2022) Closed access icon