Isanzu language

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Isanzu
Kinyihanzu
Native toTanzania
EthnicityAnyihanzu
Native speakers
26,000 (2009)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3isn
Glottologisan1243[2]
F.31B[3]
Isanzu
PeopleAnyihanzu
LanguageKinyihanzu
CountryIhanzu

Isanzu is a Bantu language of spoken by the Isanzu people south of Lake Eyasi in Tanzania.

The position of Isanzu within the Bantu family is uncertain. It is rather distinct in certain features from other Bantu languages of the area, such as Nyaturu, but is quite close in others. One easily recognizable feature is /h/ in words where neighboring languages have /s/ or /tʃ/, as in the name Isanzu ~ Ihanzu, a feature it shares with Iramba, and a reason it is commonly classified with Iramba.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Isanzu". Ethnologue. Retrieved 2018-08-14.
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Isanzu". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ Jouni Filip Maho, 2009. New Updated Guthrie List Online