Kiwilwana

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A language of Kenya

Alternate Names
Elwana, Ilwana, “Malakote” (pej.), “Malankote” (pej.)
Population

16,800 (2009 census), increasing.

Location

Coast Province, Tana River district, Tana River north of Pokomo, between Bura and Garissa.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

None known. Not intelligible with Kipfokomo Pokomo [pkb]. Lexical similarity: 55%–57% with Kipfokomo [pkb].

Language Use

Vigorous. Home, community. All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use English [eng], Swahili [swh]. Used as L2 by Waata [ssn].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: Below 1%. Literacy rate in L2: Below 5%. Orthography under development. Poetry.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Cushitic influence. Muslim.