Sabaot

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A language of Kenya

Alternate Names
“Mt. Elgon Maasai” (pej.), Sebei
Population

241,000 (2009 census), increasing.

Location

Western Province, Bungoma county, Mount Elgon and Cheptais districts; Rift Valley Province, Trans-Nzoia county, Trans-Nzoia and Kwanza districts.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Bong’omeek (Bong’om, Pong’om), Book (Bok, Pok), Koony (Kony), Mosoop, Sabiiny, Soomeek. Related to Kupsapiiny [kpz] of Uganda. A member of macrolanguage Kalenjin [kln].

Language Use

Vigorous. Home, social gatherings, religion. All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use English [eng], Lubukusu [bxk], Swahili [swh].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: Over 30%. Literacy rate in L2: 50%. Taught in primary schools. Poetry. Radio programs. Films. Videos. Dictionary. Grammar. Bible: 2012.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Example of language revitalization. Christian, traditional religion.