Ilwana language

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Native to Kenya
Region Tana River District
Native speakers
17,000 (2009 census)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 mlk
Glottolog ilwa1237[2]

Ilwana (Kiwilwana), or Malakote, is a minor Bantu language of Kenya. Arends et al. state that it is a mixed language from c. 1650 of Bantu Ilwana and Cushitic Oromo.[4]


  1. ^ Ilwana at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Ilwana". 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. ^ Arends, Jacques, Pieter Muysken & Norval Smith (eds.). 1995. Pidgins and Creoles: An Introduction (Creole Language Library 15). Amsterdam: John Benjamins.