Zaramo

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A language of Tanzania

Alternate Names
Dzalamo, Kizaramo, Myagatwa, Saramo, Zalamo, Zaramu
Population

293,000 (Mradi wa Lugha za Tanzania 2009). Includes 33,000 Nyagatwa. Ethnic population: 657,000 (2000).

Location

Morogoro region; Pwani region: Bagamoyo and Kisarawe districts, between Bagamoyo and Dar es Salaam.

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Language Status

8a (Moribund).

Dialects

None known. Lexical similarity: 68% with Kutu [kdc], 65% with Kami [kcu], 61% with Kwere [cwe] and Doe [doe].

Language Use

Shifting rapidly to Swahili [swh]. Older adults.

Language Development
Dictionary. NT: 1975.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Matrilineal. Endangered in the city but passed on to children in villages surrounding Dar es Salaam. Muslim.

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