Omotik

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A language of Kenya

Alternate Names
Laamoot, “Ndorobo” (pej.), Omotic
Population

50 (1980). Ethnic population: 200 or more (2000).

Location

Rift Valley Province, Narok district, Lemek area.

Language Status

8a (Moribund).

Dialects

Suiei. Lexical similarity: 60% with Kalenjin [kln], 50% with Datooga [tcc].

Language Use

Older adults. Most highly bilingual in Maasai [mas] or other adopted language.

Other Comments

“Ndorobo” is a pejorative cover term for several small hunter or forest groups, that are not linguistically related (El Molo [elo], Yaaku [muu], and Okiek [oki]). Traditional religion.