A language of Tanzania

Alternate Names
Ikingonde, Ikinyakyusa, Ikinyikiusa, Ikinyikyusa, Kinyakyusa, Kinyakyusa-Ngonde, Konde, Kukwe, Mombe, Ngonde, Nkonde, Nyakusa, Nyakyusa, Nyekyosa, Nyikyusa, Sochile, Sokile, Sokili

805,000 in Tanzania (2006), increasing. Population total all countries: 1,105,000.


Mbeya region: Lake Malawi north end; Iringa region: Makete district.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).


Kukwe (Lungulu, Ngumba), Mwamba (Cisociri, Sokelo, Sokile), Ngonde (IkyaNgonde, Konde), Nyakyusa (Nyekyosa), Selya (Kaaselya, Salya, Seria), Sukwa.


SVO; prepositions; noun head initial; noun classes; verbal affixation for subject, object, tense, aspect, mood and derivation; 18 consonant phonemes; 14 vowel phonemes; tonal.

Language Use

Vigorous. Local non-Nykyusa speakers often learn Nyakyusa. Most domains and increasingly in politics. All ages. Positive attitudes.

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 0%. SIL has transition literacy work (Swahili to Nyakyusa). Dictionary. Bible: 1993–1996.

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Traditional religion, Christian.

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