Malila

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A language of Tanzania

Alternate Names
Ishimalilia, Kimalila, Malilia, Shimalilia
Population

65,000 (2003 SIL).

Location

Mbeya Region, 40 km southwest of Mbeya town. South of Safwa [sbk], north of Ndali [ndh], west of Nyakyusa [nyy], east of Nyiha [nih] language areas.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Typology

SVO; prepositions; noun head initial; noun classes; verbal affixation for subject, object, tense, aspect, mood and derivation; 36 consonant phonemes; 14 vowel phonemes; tonal.

Language Use

Vigorous. Other language speakers moving into the area learn Malila. Most domains including church and politics. All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use Swahili [swh].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 0%. Literacy rate in L2: Low. SIL has transition literacy work (Swahili to Malila), and some pre-school basic literacy classes. Bible portions: 2010–2012.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Little intermarriage. Christian.