|Native to||Tanzania, Malawi|
|(40,000 in Tanzania cited 1987)
60,000 in Malawi (2012)
2,000 in Zambia (1958)
Sukwa, once thought to be a dialect of Nyakyusa, is now considered to be a dialect of Lambya. The University of Malawi Language Mapping Survey for Northern Malawi (2006), agreeing with this, found that the three languages Cilambya, Cindali, and Cisukwa form a single dialect group, although there are differences between them, especially between Cilambya and the other two. For example:
- Person = umunthu, umundu, umundu
- Grasshopper = imphanzi, imbashi, imbasi
- Scorpion = kalizga, kalisha, kalisya
- Maize = ivilombe, ifilombe, ifilombe
The Language Mapping Survey gives further vocabulary and also a short text (the Tortoise and the Hare) in all three dialects.
- Lambya at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
- Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Lambya". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
- Jouni Filip Maho, 2009. New Updated Guthrie List Online
- University of Malawi Language Mapping Survey for Northern Malawi (2006) (see External links).
- Nurse, Derek (1988) "The Diachronic Background to the Language Communities of South Western Tanzania" in Sprache und Geschichte in Afrika vol 9, 15-115.
- Language Mapping Survey for Northern Malawi. University of Malawi Centre for Language Studies, 2006.
- Language Map of Northern Malawi
- Paper by Martin Walsh and Imani Swilla on South-West Tanzanian languages (2002)
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