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Title:A sociolinguistic survey of the Nyiha and Nyika language communities in Tanzania, Zambia and Malawi

This paper presents the findings of a sociolinguistic survey among the Nyiha and Nyika language communities in south-western Tanzania, Malawi and Zambia. The main purpose of the research was to clarify the extent of any dialect differences between the varieties that could impact the ongoing language development process in the Nyiha of Mbozi variety (Tanzania). The research was conducted in August, September and November 2004. The survey identified five different ethnic groups called Nyiha or Nyika in Tanzania, Zambia and Malawi. Research findings suggest that the Nyiha of Malawi/Zambia could possibly use written materials in the Nyiha of Mbozi variety. The Nyika of Malawi and the Nyiha of Sumbawanga (Tanzania) were found to speak varieties different enough to warrant their own language development efforts. The language variety spoken by the Nyika of Rungwe (Tanzania) was found to be not a variety of Nyiha or Nyika at all and was not further investigated.

Contributor (author):Krüger, Susanne
Lindfors, Anna-Lena
Woodward, Mark
Nagler, Louise
Date (W3CDTF):2009
Description (URI):http://www.sil.org/resources/archives/9168
Extent:145 pages
Identifier (URI):http://www.sil.org/resources/archives/9168
Is Part Of:SIL Electronic Survey Reports 2009-012
Language (ISO639):eng
Spatial Coverage (ISO3166):TZ
Subject:Nyiha (Tanzania) language
Nyika (Tanzania) language
Nyika (Malawi and Zambia) language
Nyiha (Malawi) language
Sociolinguistics; Language surveys
Subject (ISO639):nih
Type (DCMI):Text


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Citation: Krüger, Susanne; Lindfors, Anna-Lena; Woodward, Mark; Nagler, Louise. 2009. SIL Electronic Survey Reports 2009-012.
Terms: area_Africa area_Europe country_GB country_MW country_TZ dcmi_Text iso639_eng iso639_nih iso639_nkt iso639_nkv iso639_nyr

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Country: MalawiTanzania
Area: Africa

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