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A language of Tanzania

ISO 639-3: kiz

Population 10,200 (2001). Ethnic population: 18,000.
Region Northwestern shore of Lake Nyasa (L. Malawi). Iringa Region, Ludewa District, Mwambao Division, Lupingu and Makonde Wards. Four primary villages: Lifuma, Lupingu, Makonde, and Nindi.
Alternate names   Kikisi
Dialects Lexical similarity 62% with Pangwa, 55% with Kinga, 53% with Sangu, 52% with Wanji, and 47% with Bena.
Classification Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Bantoid, Southern, Narrow Bantu, Central, G, Bena-Kinga (G.60)
Language use Vigorous in main area. All ages. 34% to 51% below routine proficiency in Swahili.
Comments Different from Kisii (Gusii) of Kenya. May be the same as Kichi. Coastal, riverine. Semitropical. Fishermen; agriculturalists. Christian, traditional religion.