Alaba-K'abeena Language

Alaba-K'abeena (Alaaba, Alaba, Allaaba, Halaba), also known as Wanbasana, is a Highland East Cushitic language language spoken in Ethiopia in the Great Rift Valley southwest of Lake Shala. The literacy rate of native speakers in their language is below 1%, while their literacy rate in second languages is 8.6%; Alaba-K'abeena is taught in primary schools. It has an 81% lexical similarity with Kambaata.

However Fleming (1976) classifies K'abeena (also transliterated "Qebena") as a dialect of Kambaata, and Blench (2006) classify both as dialects of Kambaata. The 2007 census in Ethiopia lists Alaba and Qebena as separate languages.

A collection of over 400 proverbs in this language has been published with English translations.

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Languages of Ethiopia, Alaba-Kabeena Language

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