Libido language

For other uses, see Libido (disambiguation).
Native to Ethiopia
Region Gurage, Hadiya, Kembata regions
Native speakers
64,000 (2007 census)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 liq
Glottolog libi1250[2]

Libido (also known as Mareqo, Mareko) is an Afroasiatic language of Ethiopia, which is spoken in the Mareko district Gurage Zone of the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People's Region, directly south-east of Butajira.[1] It has about 64,000 native speakers (2007 census).

It is closely related to Hadiyya (a dialect per Blench 2006) within the Highland East Cushitic languages. Its syntax is SOV; its verb has passive, reflexive and causative constructions, as well as a middle voice.


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

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