Safwa

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A language of Tanzania

Alternate Names
Cisafwa, Ishisafwa, Kisafwa, Shisafwa
Population

158,000 (1987), increasing.

Location

Mbeya Region, Mbeya Urban, Mbeya Rural, Chunya, and Mbozi districts, Mbeya and Poroto mountain ranges.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

Central Safwa, Guruka (Shisafwa), Mbwila (Ulenje), Poroto, Songwe.

Typology

SVO; prepositions; noun head initial; noun classes; verbal affixation for subject, object, tense, aspect, mood and derivation; 36 consonant phonemes; 14 vowel phonemes; tonal

Language Use

Vigorous. Home. All ages. Also use some Swahili [swh].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 0%. SIL has transition literacy work (Swahili to Safwa). Bible portions: 2011–2012.
Writing
Latin script.
Other Comments

Traditional religion, Christian.