Iramba language

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Native to Tanzania
Ethnicity Nilamba, Iambi
Native speakers
460,000 (2006)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 nim
Glottolog nila1242[2]
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Iramba, also known as Nilamba (there is no distinction between /r/ and /l/) is a Bantu language of spoken by the Nilamba and Iambi people of the Shinyanga Region of Tanzania.

Forms of the name occur with and without the prefix ni- or i-, as well as iki- (Swahili ki-) as the noun-class prefix for 'language', and variation of r ~ l ~ ly in the root. This results in a large number of superficial variants, including Nilamba, Niramba, Nilyamba, Nyilamba, Ikinilamba, Ikiniramba, Ilamba, Iramba, Kinilamba, Kiniramba; there is also Nilambari.

The 50,000 Iambi speak a slightly divergent dialect, sometimes listed as a distinct language. On the other hand, the Isanzu language is sometimes included as a dialect.[3]


  1. ^ Iramba at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Nilamba". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  3. ^ a b Jouni Filip Maho, 2009. New Updated Guthrie List Online

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