A language of Tanzania

Alternate Names
Egikuria, Ekikuria, Igikuria, Ikikuria, Kikuria, Kikuria cha juu, Kikuria cha Mashariki, Koria, Kulia, Kurya, Kurye

430,000 in Tanzania (2005 SIL). Population total all countries: 690,000.


Mara region: Tarime and Musoma rural districts, near Kenya border; some in north Serengeti.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).


15–20 clans in Tanzania, each with slightly different dialect. Clans consider themselves to speak the Kuria language rather than the language of their clan. Lexical similarity: 73% with Ngoreme [ngq], 84% with Kiroba (Suba-Simbiti [ssc] dialect).

Language Use

Vigorous. Most domains. Swahili [swh] used for official functions and when non-Kuria speakers are present. All ages. Very positive attitudes. Also use Swahili [swa].

Language Development
Grammar. NT: 1996.

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Christian, Muslim, traditional religion.

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