Mijikenda language

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Mijikenda
Native to Kenya, Tanzania
Region Mombasa and Kwale districts in Kenya; Muheza and Tanga districts in Tanzania
Ethnicity Mijikenda, Chonyi
Native speakers
1.8 million  (1994–2009)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 Variously:
coh – Chonyi
dig – Digo
dug – Duruma
nyf – Giryama
seg – Segeju
E.72,73,731,732[2]
Glottolog miji1238[3]

Mijikenda is a Bantu dialect cluster of Kenya, with about 100,000 speakers in Tanzania.

Varieties[edit]

Maho (2009) lists four varieties as distinct languages:

Clicks[edit]

Clicks have been reported in ideophones from two dialects of Mijikenda, Digo and Duruma. (It is not known if they occur in the others.) These are tsya! /ʇ̃ǎ/ 'scram!' and /ʇ̃akule/ 'minute'. It is not known if these have any connection with the neighboring language Dahalo.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Chonyi at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
    Digo at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
    Duruma at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
    Giryama at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
    Segeju 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). "Mijikenda". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.