45,000 (Maho and Sands 2002). Approximately 45,000 in Tanzania in the early 1970s (Maho and Sands 2002).
Scattered in Pwani, Dodoma, Manyara, and Arusha regions.
None known. May be intelligible with standard Kiswahili [swh]. Cutchi-Swahili and Asian Swahili may not be the same.
L1 of some Gujarati Muslims who came from Zanzibar. Asian Swahili is used by other Asians to communicate with non-English speaking Africans and other Asians who share no common language. All ages. Also use English [eng].
Regular but distinct phonology, lexical and grammatical differences (Whiteley 1974:73–79). Muslim.