Bungu

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A language of Tanzania

Alternate Names
Iciwungu, Kibungu, Ungu, Wungu
Population

36,000 (1987).

Location

Mbeya Region, Chunya district.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

Maleza, Mwambani, Udinde.

Typology

SVO; prepositions; noun head initial; noun classes; verbal affixation for subject, object, tense, aspect, mood and derivation; tonal

Language Use

Home, village, farming. All ages. Positive attitudes. Most use some Swahili [swh].

Language Development
No L1 literacy, many Bungu live very remotely and education levels are low. Boys may leave school early (12 years old) to enter fishing business.
Writing
Unwritten.
Other Comments

Christian.