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Mbugu

A language of Tanzania

ISO 639-3mhd

Population  7,000 (1997). Ethnic population: 32,000.
Region  Tanga region, Lushoto District, Usambara Mountains.
Language map  Tanzania, reference number 54
Alternate names   Kibwyo, Ma’a, Mbougou, Wa Maathi, Wama’a
Dialects  Cha ndani, Cha kawaida.
Classification  Mixed language, Bantu-Cushitic
Language use  Also use Asu [asa], Shambala [ksb], or Swahili [swh].
Comments  A mixed language; Bantu inflectional (prefix and concord) system with Cushitic vocabulary. Derivational morphemes are Bantu and Cushitic (or non-Bantu). The Bantu influence is from Pare and Shambala.