Kwere

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A language of Tanzania

Alternate Names
Kakwere, Kikwere, Kinghwele, Kwele, Ngwele, Ng’were, Tsinghwele
Population

98,000 (1987).

Location

Pwani Region, Bagamoyo district. Many live among Zaramo [zaj] and Luguru [ruf] language areas.

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Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Dialects

Lexical similarity: 74% with Doe [doe], 69% with Kami [kcu], 64% with Kutu [kdc], 61% with Zaramo [zaj], 62% with Zigula [ziw], 54% with Luguru [ruf].

Language Use

Vigorous.

Language Development
Bible portions: 2007–2012.
Writing
Latin script.
Other Comments

Kwere has influenced Zigula [ziw] linguistically, and has been influenced by Zigula and Bondei [bou]. Matrilineal. Muslim.