Sandawe

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A language of Tanzania

Alternate Names
Kisandawe, Kissandaui, Sandaui, Sandaweeki, Sandawi, Sandawso, Sandwe
Population

60,000 (Brenzinger 2013).

Location

Dodoma region: Kondoa district, between Bubu and Mponde rivers; Singida region.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

Western Sandawe, Eastern Sandawe.

Typology

SOV.

Language Use

Vigorous. All domains. All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use Swahili [swh].

Language Development
Some literacy classes, but Sandawe is difficult to write; people prefer Swahili [swh]. Poetry. Dictionary. Grammar. Bible portions: 2006–2012.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Intermarried with the Gogo, Turu, and Maasai. Traditional religion, Christian, Muslim.