Bambassi language

Mao of Bambassi
Mao of Didessa
Native to Ethiopia
Region in Benishangul-Gumuz Region, east of Asosa
Native speakers
(5,000 cited 1982)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 myf
Glottolog bamb1262[2]

Bambassi is an Omotic Afroasiatic language spoken in Ethiopia around the towns of Bambasi and Didessa in the area east of Asosa in Benishangul-Gumuz Region.[1] The parent language group is the East Mao group. Alternative names for the language are Bambeshi, Siggoyo, Amam, Fadiro, Northern Mao, Didessa and Kere.

The most current information on the number of Bambassi speakers is not known, as the 2007 census grouped the Mao languages together, despite low lexical similarity. 33,683 mother tongue speakers of Maogna (covering Bambassi, Hozo and Seze) were listed.[3]


Bambassi has a 31% lexical similarity with other Omotic languages.


  1. 1 2 Bambassi at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Bambassi". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. Ethiopia 2007 Census

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