Kahe language

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"Kahe" redirects here. For the village in Iran, see Kahe, Iran. For the Brazilian footballer, see Kahê.
Native to Tanzania
Region near Moshi
Native speakers
unknown (2,700 cited 1987)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 hka
Glottolog kahe1238[3]

The Kahe are an ethnic and linguistic group based southeast of Moshi in Kilimanjaro Region Tanzania. The Kahe language, or Kikahe, is in the Chagga cluster of Bantu languages. Three dialects are recognized: Kimwangaria, Msengoni and Kichangareni.[4] Kikahe is spoken by 9130 people, and is one of the smaller language communities in Tanzania.[5]


  1. ^ Kahe at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  2. ^ Jouni Filip Maho, 2009. New Updated Guthrie List Online
  3. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Kahe". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  4. ^ Kahigi, Kulikoyela K. (2008). Kikahe: Msamiati wa Kikahe-Kiswahili-Kiingereza na Kiingereza-Kikahe-Kiswahili (Kahe–Swahili–English and English–Kahe–Swahili Lexicon). Languages of Tanzania Project. ISBN 9987-691-15-3.
  5. ^ Muzale, H. & Rugemalira, J. (2008). Researching and Documenting the Languages of Tanzania. LOT Project, University of Dar es Salaam