Sociolinguistic Survey of the Shabo of Ethiopia

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Jordan, Linda, Hussein Mohammed and Jillian Netzley

The Shabo language [sbf] of southwestern Ethiopia has been viewed in the past as an unlikely candidate for language development. The aim of this survey, conducted in November 2004, was to either prove or disprove that assessment. It was found that the Shabo are a very small and highly bilingual group, and their attitude toward the Majang people and language [mpe] is overwhelmingly positive. As the Shabo’s preferred second language, Majang is spoken at a high level of fluency. This study suggests that the Shabo are adequately bilingual in the sense that they are likely to benefit from literature and educational materials developed in the Majang language.

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