Kamba language

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Kamba
Kikamba
Native to Kenya, Tanzania
Region Machakos, Kitui, Makueni and Shimba Hills
Native speakers
3.9 million (2009 census)[1]
600,000 L2 speakers
Language codes
ISO 639-2 kam
ISO 639-3 Either:
kam – Kamba
dhs – Dhaiso (Thaisu)
Glottolog kam1297[2]
E.55–56[3]

The Kamba /ˈkæmbə/[4] language, or Kikamba, is a Bantu language spoken by the Kamba people of Kenya. It is also spoken by 5,000 people in Tanzania (Thaisu).

The Kamba language has lexical similarities to other Bantu languages such as Kikuyu, Meru and Embu.

In Kenya, Kamba is generally spoken in 4 of counties of Kenya: Machakos, Kitui, Makueni, and Kwale. The Machakos variety is considered the standard variety and has been used in the translation

  1. ^ Kamba at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
    Dhaiso (Thaisu) at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Eastern Central Kenya Bantu". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  3. ^ Jouni Filip Maho, 2009. New Updated Guthrie List Online
  4. ^ Laurie Bauer, 2007, The Linguistics Student’s Handbook, Edinburgh
  • Mwau, John Harun (2006). Kikamba Dictionary: Kikamba-English, Kikamba-Kikamba, English-Kikamba. ISBN 9966-773-09-6.

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