Nyakyusa-Ngonde

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A language of Tanzania

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

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

Location

South Mbeya Region, Lake Malawi north end; Iringa Region, Makete district.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

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

Typology

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.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Traditional religion, Christian.

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