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Sebat Bet Gurage

Sebat Bet Gurage
Native to Ethiopia
Region West Gurage region
Native speakers unknown (undated figure of 440,000)Template:Infobox language/ref
Language family
Writing system Ethiopic
Language codes
ISO 639-3 sgw
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Sebat Bet ("Seven houses") is an Afro-Asiatic language spoken in Ethiopia.


A Gurage tongue, Sebat Bet is divided into several dialects. The latter are spoken in the western Gurage Zone:

  • Chaha (Cheha) is spoken in Cheha woreda, and is the best studied of these dialects;
  • Ezha (Eza, Izha) is spoken in Ezhana Wolene woreda,
  • Muher is spoken in the mountains north of Cheha and Ezhaha Wolene,
  • Gura is spoken in Goro woreda,
  • Gumer language (Gwemarra, Gʷəmarə), spoken in Gumer woreda
  • Inor (Enemor), spoken in Enemorina Eaner woreda
  • Gyeto, Endegegn and the extinct Mesmes language are sometimes considered sub-dialects of Inor.


Further reading

  • Leslau, Wolf. 1997. "Chaha (Gurage) Phonology" in Kaye, Alan S. (ed.): Phonologies of Asia and Africa 1. Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns. pp. 373–397.
  • Rose, Sharon. 2007. "Chaha (Gurage) Morphology" in Kaye, Alan D. (ed.): Morphologies of Africa and Asia 1. Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns. pp. 403–427.

External links

  • Chaha
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