Samburu language

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Samburu
Sampur, ɔl Maa
Native to Kenya
Region Samburu district of Rift Valley Province
Native speakers
240,000  (2009 census)[1]
(including Camus)
Nilo-Saharan?
Dialects
Camus
Language codes
ISO 639-3 saq
Glottolog samb1315[2]

Samburu is the Eastern Nilotic, North Maa language spoken by the Samburu in the highlands of northern Kenya. The Samburu number about 128,000 (or 147,000 including the Camus/Chamus).[when?] Samburu is closely related to Camus (88% to 94% lexical similarity; Camus is sometimes considered a Samburu dialect) and to the South Maa language Maasai (77% to 89% lexical similarity). The word Samburu itself derives from the old Maa word 'saamburr' for the leather bag the Samburu use.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Samburu at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Samburu". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  • Rainer Vossen. The Eastern Nilotes: Linguistic and Historical Reconstructions. Berlin: Dietrich Reimer Verlag 1982. ISBN 3-496-00698-6.

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