A language of Kenya

Alternate Names
Gusii, Guzii, Kisii, Kosova

2,705,000 in Kenya, all users. L1 users: 2,205,000 (2009 census), increasing. L2 users: 500,000. Total users in all countries: 2,705,300 (as L1: 2,205,300; as L2: 500,000).


Kisii, north Migori, and Nyamira 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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