Bravanese dialect

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Chimwiinimain language before Chimwiinimain was (Aftuni) which is now used as a second main language aftuni in Chimwiini is called chilakata
Native toSomalia
Native speakers
183,000 (2015)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3(included in swh)

Bravanese, also called Chimwiini (ChiMwini, Mwiini, Mwini) or Chimbalazi[4]) is a variety of Swahili patwa spoken by the Bravanese people, who are the predominant inhabitants of Barawa, or Brava, in Somalia.[5] Maho (2009) considers it a distinct dialect.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Swahili". Ethnologue. Retrieved 2018-08-08.
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Mwini". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ Jouni Filip Maho, 2009. New Updated Guthrie List Online
  4. ^ I. M. Lewis, Islam in tropical Africa, Volume 1964, (International African Institute in association with Indiana University Press: 1980), p.7.
  5. ^ Abdullahi, p.11.