Ethnologue: Areas: Africa

Mayotte

98,000 (1995). A French department. Literacy rate: 32% to 58.4%. Data accuracy estimate: B. Muslim. The number of languages listed for Mayotte is 4.

COMORIAN (COMORES SWAHILI, KOMORO, COMORO) [SWB] 92,806 in Mayotte (1993 Johnstone); 17,000 in Réunion (1993 Johnstone); 25,000 in Madagascar (1993); 628,000 in all countries. Also Comoros Islands and Malagasy. Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Bantoid, Southern, Narrow Bantu, Central, G, Swahili (G.40). Dialects: SHINZWANI (ANJOUAN), SHIMAORE (SHIMAORI, MAYOTTE). Vanilla, perfume production. Muslim. NT 1995. Bible portions 1983.

FRENCH [FRN] 2,450 in Mayotte (1993 Johnstone); 72,000,000 in all countries (1995 WA). Indo-European, Italic, Romance, Italo-Western, Western, Gallo-Romance. National language. Bible 1530-1986. NT 1474-1980. Bible portions 1483-1987.

MALAGASY [MEX] 39,200 in Mayotte (1995), 40% of the population (1980); 13,891,000 in Madagascar, including 3,200,000 Merina, 1,800,000 Betsimisaraka, 1,400,000 Betsileo, 886,000 Tsimihety, 767,000 Sakalava, 635,000 Antandroy, 473,000 Tanala, 422,000 Antaimoro (1993 Johnstone); 8,000 in Réunion (1993); 700 in Comoros Islands; 13,939,000 in all countries. Austronesian, Malayo-Polynesian, Western Malayo-Polynesian, Borneo, Barito, East, Malagasy. Dialect: SAKALAVA (KIBUSHI, KIBUKI, SHIBUSHI, ANTALAOTRA). Kibushi is the dialect spoken in Mayotte. There are 2 to 4 subdialects. Typology: VOS. Bible 1835-1938. NT 1830-1990. Bible portions 1828-1987.

SWAHILI [SWA] 2,744 in Mayotte (1993 Johnstone); 5,000,000 total first language speakers (1989 Holm); 30,000,000 total second language speakers (1989 Holm). Also in Tanzania, Kenya, Burundi, Rwanda, South Africa, Oman, UAE, Uganda, and USA. Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Bantoid, Southern, Narrow Bantu, Central, G, Swahili (G.40). Muslim. Bible 1891-1996. NT 1879-1989. Bible portions 1868-1968.


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