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Agaw
Central Cushitic
Ethnicity: Agaw people
Geographic
distribution:
Ethiopia and central Eritrea
Linguistic classification: Afro-Asiatic
Subdivisions:
Awngi
Bilen
Qimant
Xamtanga

The Agaw, or Central Cushitic, languages are a small branch of Cushitic languages. They are spoken mainly in Ethiopia.

Languages

  • Awngi (South Agaw) spoken southwest of Lake Tana, the largest, with over 350,000 speakers
(Kunfal, spoken west of Lake Tana, is not well recorded but is probably a dialect of Awngi)
  • Northern Agaw:
  • Bilen–Xamtanga:
  • Bilen (North) spoken (70,000 speakers) in Eritrea around the town of Keren and eastern Sudan around the town of Kassala
  • Xamtanga (Central Agaw; also called Khamir, Khamta) 143,000 speakers in the North Amhara Region
  • Qimant (Western Agaw) nearly extinct, spoken by the Qemant in Semien Gondar Zone
(dialects Qwara – nearly extinct, spoken by Beta Israel formerly living in Qwara, now in Israel; Kayla – extinct, formerly spoken by some Beta Israel, transitional between Qimant and Xamtanga)
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