A language of Kenya

Alternate Names
Gusii, Guzii, Kisii, Kosova

2,205,000 in Kenya (2009 census), increasing. Population total all countries: 2,205,300. L2 users: 500,000 in Kenya.


Kisii, Nyamira, and northern Migori counties; Narok county: Thimjope area. South of Kavirondo Gulf.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Language Use

Home, community. All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use English [eng], Kuria [kuj], Swahili [swh]. Used as L2 by Kuria [kuj].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 15%–25%. Taught in primary schools. Dictionary. Bible: 1988.

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Different from Kisi [kiz] of Tanzania. Kisii is the place name. Christian, traditional religion.

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