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Oromo is an Afro-Asiatic language. It is the most widely spoken tongue in the family's Cushitic branch, and the most populous language of Ethiopia. Forms of Oromo are spoken as a first language by more than 35 million Oromo and neighboring peoples in Ethiopia and parts of northern Kenya. Some linguists think of Oromo as a dialect continuum, since not all varieties are mutually intelligible. It is a socio-linguistic language, consisting of at least four varieties: Borana Arsi Guji Oromo, Eastern Oromo (also called Qottu, Orma , and West Central Oromo. Older publications often refer to the language as Galla, a term that is considered pejorative and no longer used. The linguistic relationships between some of these Oromo languages have been explained by Kebede Hordofa Janko.

Also Called:

Harar, Harer, Ittu, Kwottu, Eastern, Qottu, Qotu Oromo, Quottu, Qwottu