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A language of Kenya

ISO 639-3bob

Population  8,000 in Kenya. Less than 20% monolingual.
Region  Coast Province, behind Lamu, and Tana River districts in forests; North-Eastern Province, Garissa District. 11 villages or more. Also in Somalia.
Language map  Kenya, reference number 1
Alternate names   Aweera, Bon, “Boni” , Ogoda, Sanye, Waata, Wata, Wasanye, Waboni, Wata-Bala
Dialects  Similar to Garre [ggh] of Somalia, but not alike in culture or appearance.
Classification  Afro-Asiatic, Cushitic, East, Rendille-Boni
Language use  GIDS 6. Home, community. All ages. Positive attitude. Some also use Somali [som], Orma [orc], or Kiswahili [swh].
Language development  Literacy rate in L1: 1% (2007, BTL). Literacy rate in L2: 40% or less in Kiswahili or English (2007, BTL). Many suspicious of literacy as colonizing force.
Writing system  Latin script.
Comments  Different from Sanye [ssn] (Waat) of the Oromo Group or Dahalo [dal] (Sanye) of Southern Cushitic. Vernacular literature desired. Being settled in scattered villages and encouraged to switch to farming. Hunter-gatherers; agriculturalists: maize, beans. Traditional religion, Muslim.

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Language name   Aweer
Population  Few if any in Somalia (1991).
Language map  Somalia
Comments  Hunters. Muslim.
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