A language of Tanzania

Alternate Names
Kivwanji, Kiwanji, Wanji

28,000 (2003 SIL).


Iringa region: Makete district, Kipengere mountain range. West of Bena [bez], south of Sangu [sbp], north of Kinga [zga] language areas.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).


SVO; Prepositions; Noun Head Initial; Noun classes; Verbal affixation for subject, object, tense, aspect, mood and derivation; 25 consonant phonemes; 14 vowel phonemes, 7 qualities; tonal.

Language Use

Adolescents prefer Swahili [swh]. Those who stay in the area often go back to Vwanji when they get older. Private domains. All ages. Positive attitudes.

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: Very low. SIL has transition literacy work (Swahili to Vwanji); some pre-school basic literacy classes. Bible portions: 1979–2014.

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Christian (Protestant).