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Title:Ethnic group and mother tongue in the Ethiopian censuses of 1994 and 2007
Author:Hudson, GroverISNI
Periodical:Aethiopica: International Journal of Ethiopian Studies (ISSN 1430-1938)
Geographic term:Ethiopia
ethnic groups
mother tongues
External link:http://journals.sub.uni-hamburg.de/aethiopica/article/view/666/674
Abstract:Results for ethnic groups and mother tongues of the 1994 and 2007 Ethiopian censuses are presented and compared. There are ethnic groups without mother tongues and vice versa. Names of ethnic groups and mother tongues differ in the two censuses, and only some of the differences are explained as synonymous names. Some of the differences remain unexplained, and some of the names are unidentified. In one case, S?l?i, the census seems to have attributed its speakers to another, unrecognized group. The census reports 38 percent total population growth from 1994 to 2007, and comparable increase is generally apparent for all but a few groups listed. Some groups with small populations in 1994 do not reappear in 2007. The apparent absence of expert advice in these matters is understandable, given certain difficulties of choosing among experts, interpreting the often contradictory advice, and implementing it. There is much of value in the census data to intrigue and challenge, as well as alarming in the case of ethnic groups and mother tongues with small populations in 1994 and absence in 2007. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]