Matumbi language

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Matumbi
Kimatuumbi
Native to Tanzania
Region Kilwa district
Ethnicity Matumbi people
Native speakers
(72,000 cited 1978)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 mgw
Glottolog matu1259[2]
P.13[3]

Matuumbi, also known as Kimatuumbi and Kimatumbi, is a language spoken in Tanzania in the Kipatimu region of the Kilwa District, south of the Rufiji river. It is a Bantu language, P13 in Guthrie's classification. Kimatuumbi is closely related to the Ngindo, Rufiji and Ndengereko languages. It is spoken by about 70,000 people, according to the Ethnologue.

Matuumbi is the augmentative plural of the Kimatuumbi word for 'hills' (singular form: kituumbi, class 7/8). Ki- is a Bantu noun class prefix attached to nouns of the class that includes languages (cf. Kiswahili, Kikongo).

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Matumbi at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Matumbi". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ Jouni Filip Maho, 2009. New Updated Guthrie List Online

References[edit]

  • Odden, David (1996) The Phonology and Morphology of Kimatuumbi. (The Phonology of the World's Languages). Oxford: Clarendon Press.
  • Krumm, B. (1912) Grundriss einer Grammatik des Kimatuumbi. Mitteilungen des Seminars für Orientalischen Sprachen, III.