Sabaki languages

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Not to be confused with Nyika language.
Sabaki
Swahili–Nyika
Geographic
distribution:
East African coast
Linguistic classification: Niger–Congo
Glottolog: coas1317[1]

The Sabaki languages are the Bantu languages of the Central East African coast that include Swahili, named for the Sabaki River. The other languages are Ilwana (Malakote) and Pokomo on the Tana River in Kenya, Mijikenda, spoken on the Kenyan coast; and Comorian, in the Comoro Islands.[2] In Guthrie's geographic classification, Swahili is in Bantu zone G, whereas the other Sabaki languages are in zone E70, commonly under the name Nyika.

Languages[edit]

In addition, there are several Swahili creoles and pidgins:

Asian Swahili (Kibabu), Cutchi-Swahili, Kisetla (Settler Swahili), Engsh, Sheng, Shaba Swahili (Katanga Swahili, Lubumbashi Swahili), Ngwana (Congo Swahili), Kikeya

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Sabaki". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  2. ^ Derek Nurse & Thomas Spear, 1985, The Swahili
  3. ^ Maho (2009)