Shi language

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Shi
Kishi
Native toDemocratic Republic of Congo
RegionSud-Kivu Province
Native speakers
(660,000 cited 1991)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3Either:
shr – Shi
nyg – Nyindu
Glottologshii1238  Shi[2]
nyin1248  Nyindu[3]
JD.53,501[4]

Shi, or Nyabungu, is a Bantu language of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The Nyindu variety is heavily influenced by Lega, and speakers consider it a dialect of Lega rather than Shi, as Shi speakers see it. Maho (2009) leaves it unclassified as JD.501.[4]

The people who speak Mashi are known as Bashi. They are the largest tribe in South Kivu, whose capital city is Bukavu.

The Bashi occupy a vast region known as Bushi. Like Ngweshe, Kabare, Katana, Luhuinja, Burhinyi, Kaziba, Nyengezi, and Idjui where the Bahavu who are also part of this group, Idjui is an island in Kivu lake between DRC and Rwanda.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Shi at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
    Nyindu at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Shi". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Nyindu". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  4. ^ a b Jouni Filip Maho, 2009. New Updated Guthrie List Online