Central Kilimanjaro language

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Central Kilimanjaro
Central Chaga
Native to Tanzania
Region Kilimanjaro
Ethnicity Chaga
Native speakers
900,000  (1992–2000)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 Either:
vun – Wunjo
old – Mochi
E.622 (ex-E.62a,62b)[2]

Central Kilimanjaro, or Central Chaga, is a Bantu language of Tanzania spoken by the Chaga people.

There are several dialects:[2]

  • Moshi (Old Moshi, Mochi, Kimochi)
  • Uru
  • Mbokomu
  • Wuunjo (Wunjo, Vunjo, Kivunjo), including Kiruwa, Kilema, Mamba, Morang’u (Marangu), Mwika

Moshi, spoken by 600,000, is the language of the Chaga cultural capital, Moshi, and the prestige dialect of the Chaga languages.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Dalgish, Gerard M. (1978) 'The syntax and semantics of the morpheme ni in kiVunjo (Chaga)', Kiswahili, 48, 1, 42–56.
  • Philippson, Gérard (1984) '"Gens des bananeraies" (Tanzanie): contribution linguistique à l'histoire culturelle des Chaga du Kilimanjaro' (Cahier no. 16.) Paris: Editions Recherche sur les civilisations.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wunjo at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
    Mochi at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  2. ^ a b Jouni Filip Maho, 2009. New Updated Guthrie List Online