Ha

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A language of Tanzania

Alternate Names
Giha, Igiha, Ikiha, Kiha, Ruha, Ruhaa
Population

990,000 (Johnstone and Mandryk 2001). Many monolinguals.

Location

Kigoma region: near Burundi border; Kagera and Shinyanga regions.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

Dialects in border area near Burundi reportedly intelligible with Rundi [run] (Polomé 1980). Lexical similarity: 78% with Rundi [run], 77% with Hangaza [han] and Shubi [suj], 72% with Rwanda [kin].

Language Use

Vigorous. Also spoken by the Jiji people in the Ujiji area. All ages.

Language Development
Grammar. Bible portions: 1960–1962.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Traditional religion, Christian, Muslim.