Dawida

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A language of Kenya

Alternate Names
Dabida, Davida, Kidabida, Kitaita, Taita, Teita
Population

274,000 (2009 census), increasing.

Location

Taita-Taveta county: Taita hills.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Mbololo, Werugha, Mbale, Chawia, Bura, Mwanda, Kasigau. Lexical similarity: 62% with Sagalla [tga], 46% with Gweno [gwe], 41%–44% with Chaga languages.

Language Use

Home, social gatherings, religion. All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use Swahili [swh].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 1%–5%. Literacy rate in L2: 50%–70% in Kiswahili [swh]. Kiswahili [swh] used as language of instruction. Grammar. Bible.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Christian, traditional religion.

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