Daasanach language

Native to Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan
Region Lower Omo River, Lake Turkana
Ethnicity Daasanach
Native speakers
60,000 (2007 & 2009 censuses)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 dsh
Glottolog daas1238[2]

Daasanach (also known as Dasenech, Daasanech, Dathanaik, Dathanaic, Dathanik, Dhaasanac, Gheleba, Geleba, Geleb, Gelebinya, Gallab, Galuba, Gelab, Gelubba, Dama, Marille, Merile, Merille, Morille, Reshiat, Russia) is an Afro-Asiatic language spoken by the Daasanach in Ethiopia, South Sudan and Kenya whose homeland is along the Lower Omo River and on the shores of Lake Turkana.[3]


  1. Daasanach at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Daasanach". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. Raymond G. Gordon Jr., ed. 2005. Ethnologue: Languages of the World. 15th edition. Dallas: Summer Institute of Linguistics.

Further reading

  • Sasse, Hans-Jürgen. 1976. "Dasenech" in: Bender, M. Lionel (ed.): The Non-Semitic Languages of Ethiopia. pp. 196–221. East Lansing: African Studies Center.
  • Tosco, Mauro. 2001. The Dhaasanac Language, Grammar, Texts and Vocabulary of a Cushitic Language of Ethiopia. Cushitic Language Studies Volume 17. Cologne: Rüdiger Köppe Verlag.
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