Tugen language

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North Tugen
Native to Kenya
Region West Central Kenya
Native speakers
140,000 (2009 census)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 tuy
Glottolog tuge1241[2]

Tugen is the language spoken by the about 200,000 Tugen people of the broader Kalenjin group in Kenya. As a part of the Kalenjin dialect cluster, it is most closely related to such varieties as Kipsigis and Nandi.

The Tugen is made up of three main sub-groups, the Lembus to the south, the Arror in the north and the Samor in the central parts of Baringo district, Kenya.


  1. ^ Tugen at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Tugen". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.