Suba-Simbiti

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A language of Tanzania

Alternate Names
Kisimbiti, Kisuba, Simbiti
Population

113,000 (2011). Spoken by 6 ethnic groups in Tarime District: Hacha (4,200), Kine (14,500), Surwa (4,200), Sweta (12,800) and Simbiti (33,000), and Kiroba (30,000).

Location

Mara Region, Tarime district, Nyamagaro, Nyamtinga, Nyahongo, Kisumwa, Komuge, Nyamunga, and Kyang’ombe wards; Musoma Rural district, Nyankanga ward; Musoma Urban district, Bweri ward.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

Hacha (Haacha, Kihacha), Iryege (Iregi, Kiiryege), Kine (Kiine, Kikine), Kiroba, Kironi (Kikirone), Rieri (Rieri, Ryeri), Surwa (Kisurwa), Sweta (Kisweta). Lexical similarity: Simbiti dialect 84% with Kuria [kuj], 40% with Suba of Kenya [sxb].

Language Use

All ages.

Language Development
Bible portions: 2009–2012.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Traditional religion.