Kamba

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A language of Kenya

Alternate Names
Akamba, Kekamba, Kiikamba, Kikamba
Autonym
Kĩĩkamba
Population

4,493,000 in Kenya, all users. L1 users: 3,893,000 (2009 census), increasing. L2 users: 600,000. Total users in all countries: 4,493,000 (as L1: 3,893,000; as L2: 600,000).

Location

Kajiado, Kitui, Machakos, and Makueni counties; Taita-Taveta county: small border area.

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Language Status

4 (Educational).

Dialects

Masaku (Machakos), South Kitui, North Kitui, Mumoni. Lexical similarity: 67% with Gikuyu [kik], 66% with Embu [ebu], 63% with Chuka [cuh], 57%–59% with Kimîîru [mer].

Language Use

Home, community. All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use English [eng], Swahili [swh]. Used as L2 by Gichuka [cuh].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: More than 10% (2007 BTL). Literacy rate in L2: 25%–60% (2007 BTL). Taught in primary schools. Radio. Videos. Dictionary. Grammar. Bible: 1956.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Christian, traditional religion.

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