Bravanese dialect

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Native to Somalia
Native speakers
180,000 all Swahili in Somalia (2006)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 (included in swh)
Glottolog mwin1241[2]

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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Ethnologue report for Somalia
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Mwini". Glottolog. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  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.