|Ethnicity||5,270 Mosiro people (2000), 5,300 Mediak (2000), 4,700 Kisankasa (1987)|
mwy – Mosiro
mwx – Mediak
kqh – Kisankasa
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. 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.
- Mosiro language at Ethnologue (16th ed., 2009)
- Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Mosiro". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
- Hammarström (2015) Ethnologue 16/17/18th editions: a comprehensive review: online appendices