Rendille language

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Native to Kenya
Region Eastern Province
Native speakers
60,000 (2009 census)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 rel
Glottolog rend1243[2]

Rendille (also known as Rendile, Randile) is an Afro-Asiatic language spoken by the Rendille people inhabiting northern Kenya. It is part of the family's Cushitic branch.[3]

The Ariaal sub-group of the Rendille, who are of mixed Nilotic and Cushitic descent, speak the Nilo-Saharan Samburu language of the Samburu Nilotes near whom they live.[3][4]



Labial Dental–alveolar Palatal Velar Glottal
Voiceless plosive t c k
Voiced plosive b d ɟ g
Fricative f s x h ~ ħ ~ ʔ
Lateral l
Trill r
Nasal m n
Glide w j


Front Back
Close i u
Near-close ɪ ʊ
Close-mid e o
Open-mid ɛ ɔ
Open a ɑ


  1. ^ Rendille at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Rendille". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  3. ^ a b Ethnologue - Rendille
  4. ^ Parris, Ronald G. (1994). Rendille. Rosen Publishing Group. p. 13. ISBN 0823917630. 


  • Antoinette Oomen. 1981. "Gender and Plurality in Rendille," Afroasiatic Linguistics 8:35-75.
  • Steve Pillinger & Letiwa Galboran. 1999. A Rendille Dictionary, Including a Grammatical Outline and an English-Rendille Index. Cushitic Language Studies Volume 14. Cologne: Rüdiger Köppe Verlag.
  • Günther Schlee. 1978. Sprachliche Studien zum Rendille. Hamburger Philologische Studien 46. Hamburg: Helmut Buske Verlag.
  • Ronald J. Sim. 1981. "Morphophonemics of the Verb in Rendille," Afroasiatic Linguistics 8:1-33.