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Qwara dialect

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Native to  Ethiopia
Ethnicity  Beta Israel
Region  Amhara Region
Glottolog  hwar1238
Extinct  ca. 2000 (3,200 L2 speakers)
Language family  Afro-Asiatic Cushitic Central Northern Qimant Qwara

Qwara, or Qwareña (called "Falasha" (Hwarasa) in some older sources), was one of two Agaw dialects, spoken by a subgroup of the Beta Israel (Ethiopian Jews) of the Qwara area. It is a dialect of Qimant. It is nearly extinct. Several early Falashan manuscripts, using the Ge'ez alphabet, exist; in more recent times, the language has been recorded by several linguists and travellers, starting with Flad in 1866.

The language was on the decline in the early 20th century, as it was being replaced by Amharic. During Operation Solomon, most of its remaining speakers were airlifted to Israel, where it continues to lose ground to Hebrew.

References

Qwara dialect Wikipedia


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