Kwavi dialect

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Native to Tanzania
Ethnicity Kwavi people
Native speakers
30,000 (date missing)[citation needed]
Language codes
ISO 639-3
Glottolog para1304[1]

Kwavi is the dialect of Maasai spoken by the Kwavi people (a.k.a. Parakuyo or Baraguyu) of Tanzania. According to Hurskainen (1994), "The Parakuyo (earlier also called Ilparakuyo, Baraguyu, Kwavi, Lumbwa, and Iloikop) are a Maa-speaking ethnic group scattered over a large area in the northeastern and central parts of Tanzania", while Beidelman (1960) confirms that "Kwavi" and "Baraguyu" are synonymous.



  1. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Parakuyo". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.