Dirasha language

Native to Ethiopia
Region Omo Region, in the hills west of Lake Chamo, around Gidole town.
Native speakers
65,000 (2007)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 gdl
Glottolog dira1242[2]

Dirasha (also known as Ghidole, Diraasha, Dirayta, Gidole, Gardulla, Dhirasha) is a member of the Cushitic branch of the Afro-Asiatic family. It is spoken in the Omo region of Ethiopia, in the hills west of Lake Chamo, around the town of Gidole.

A number of speakers also use Oromo or Konso. According to Wondwosen, the "Dirasha" is the name of the people, and the name of the language is given variously as "Dirashitata, Dirayta and Diraytata" (2006:3,4).

The language has a three ejective consonant phonemes and two implosive consonant phonemes, fitting the pattern of the Ethiopian Language Area. It has two tones and five vowels. Duration (or gemination) is distinctive for both consonants and vowels (Wondwosen 2006:9,10).


  1. Ethiopia 2007 Census
  2. Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Dirasha". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.

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