Waata

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A language of Kenya

Alternate Names
Ariangulu, Langulo, Sanya, Sanye, Waat, Wasanye
Population

12,600 (2009 census), increasing.

Location

Lamu and Garissa counties: east of Tana river; Tana River county: west of Tana river, Garsen area; Kilifi county: Indian Ocean coast and inland from Formosa Bay near Kilima Simba south to Gongoni town; Isiolo county: north of Meru town.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Language Use

Home, social gatherings. All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use English [eng], Kigiryama [nyf], Kipfokomo [pkb], Kiwilwana [mlk], Swahili [swh].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: Below 1%. Literacy rate in L2: 15%–25%.
Other Comments

Maintaining their language in spite of economic change and pressure from other languages. Distinct language from Dahalo [dal] (Sanye) or Aweer [bob]. Muslim, Christian.