|Region||Mount Kenya and Eastern Province|
|1.9 million (2009 census)|
mer – Meru
thk – Tharaka
mws – Mwimbi-Muthambi
cuh – Cuka
Meru is the language spoken by the Meru people (Ameru) who live on the Eastern and Northern slopes of Mount Kenya, Kenya, Africa and on the Nyambene ranges. They settled in this area after centuries of migration from the north.
The Meru people are a fairly homogeneous community and all share a common ancestry. They speak the same language, Kimeru, but there are some slight regional differences, in accent and local words. The community comprises the following subdivisions; from the north to south:
- Tigania (Tiania) (culture close to neighbouring Cushitic and Nilotic communities)
- Tharaka (Saraka)
- Chuka (Gicuka) (marginal intelligibility with Meru proper and with Gikuyu)
- Rubanza, Yunus I. (2008). Kimeru: Msamiati wa Kimeru-Kiswahili-Kiingereza na Kiingereza-Kimeru-Kiswahili / Meru-Swahili-English and English-Meru-Swahili Lexicon. ISBN 9987-691-19-6.
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Also Meru speakers(Wameru) are found along Mt. Meru found in Northern part of Tanzania. The language is used as native language by these people speaking Kimeru(also used as tribal language).