Sandawe

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A language of Tanzania

Alternate Names
Kisandawe, Kissandaui, Sandaui, Sandaweeki, Sandawi, Sandwe
Autonym
Sandawso
Population

L1 users: 60,000 (Brenzinger 2013).

Location

Dodoma region: Kondoa district, between Bubu and Mponde rivers; Singida region.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

Western Sandawe, Eastern Sandawe.

Typology

SOV.

Language Use

Vigorous. All domains. All ages. Positive attitudes, but think Sandawe too difficult to read or write. Also use Swahili [swh].

Language Development
Some literacy classes, but Sandawe is difficult to write; people prefer Swahili [swh]. Dictionary. Grammar. Bible portions: 2006–2012.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Intermarried with the Gogo, Turu, and Maasai. Traditional religion, Christian, Muslim.

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