Northeast Coast Bantu languages
|Northeast Coast Bantu|
|Tanzania, Kenya, Comoros|
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. In Guthrie's geographic classification, they fall within Bantu zones G and E.
The languages, or clusters, are:
- Pare (G20+E70): Pare (Asu), Taveta
- Sabaki (G40+E70): Swahili, Nyika, etc.
- Seuta (G20+G30): Shambala, Bondei, Zigula (Mushungulu), Ngulu
- Ruvu (G30+G10): Gogo, Sagara, Vidunda, Kaguru, Luguru, Kutu, Kami, Zaramo, Kwere, Doe
The Ruvu languages are 60–70% similar lexically.
Mbugu (Ma'a) is a mixed language based largely on Pare.
Note: The Guthrie classification is geographic and its groupings do not imply a relationship between the languages within them.
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