Northeast Coast Bantu languages

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Northeast Coast Bantu
Tanzania, Kenya, Comoros
Linguistic classification Niger–Congo
Glottolog nort3209[1]

The Northeast Coast Bantu languages are the Bantu languages spoken along the coast of Tanzania and Kenya, and including inland Tanzania as far as Dodoma.[2] In Guthrie's geographic classification, they fall within Bantu zones G and E.

The languages, or clusters, are:

The Ruvu languages are 60–70% similar lexically.

Mbugu (Ma'a) is a mixed language based largely on Pare.


  1. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Northeast Coastal Bantu". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  2. ^ Derek Nurse & Thomas Spear, 1985, The Swahili