Rendille

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A language of Kenya

Alternate Names
Randile, Rendile
Population

60,000 (2009 census), increasing.

Location

Marsabit and Samburu counties: between Lake Turkana and Marsabit mountain.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Typology

SOV.

Language Use

Vigorous. Home, social gatherings. All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use English [eng], Samburu [saq], Swahili [swh].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: Below 1%. Literacy rate in L2: 5%–15%. Literacy activities in some churches. Bible portions: 1993–2004.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Nomadic. Ariaal Rendille people live in interdependent relationship with Samburu and speak Samburu [saq]. Traditional religion, Christian, Muslim.