L1 users: 65,000 (2003 SIL).
SVO; prepositions; noun head initial; noun classes; verbal affixation for subject, object, tense, aspect, mood and derivation; 36 consonant phonemes; 14 vowel phonemes; tonal.
Vigorous. Other language speakers moving into the area learn Malila. Most domains including church and politics. All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use Swahili [swh].
Latin script [Latn].
Little intermarriage. Christian.