Mosiro language

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Native to Tanzania
Region Arusha Region
Ethnicity 5,270 Mosiro people (2000),[1] 5,300 Mediak (2000), 4,700 Kisankasa (1987)
Extinct (date missing)
Language codes
ISO 639-3 Variously:
mwy – Mosiro
mwx – Mediak
kqh – Kisankasa
Glottolog mosi1247[2]

Mosiro is an extinct Nilo-Saharan language spoken in the Arusha Region of Tanzania. It was the primary language of the hunter-gatherer Mosiro, Mediak and Kisankasa. It is classified as a variety of Ogiek by Rottland (1982) and Sommer (1992), but is assimilated to Nandi.[citation needed] Like other hunter-gatherers in the area, the Mosiro are called derogatory Dorobo (Ndorobo).

Ethnologue lists three "Ndorobo" languages in the area besides Okiek: Mosiro, Mediak and Kisankasa. However, the only source for the latter two reported that they were indistinguishable from Mosiro.[3]


  1. ^ Mosiro language at Ethnologue (16th ed., 2009)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Mosiro". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  3. ^ Hammarström (2015) Ethnologue 16/17/18th editions: a comprehensive review: online appendices