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Luidakho-Luisukha-Lutirichi

A language of Kenya

ISO 639-3ida

Population  306,000 (1987 BTL), increasing. Idakho 65,000, Isukha 90,000, Tiriki 100,000 (Heine and Möhlig 1980).
Region  Western Province, Kakamega District.
Language map  Kenya, reference number 26
Alternate names   Idakho-Isukha-Tiriki
Dialects  Idakho (Idaxo, Itakho), Isukha (Isuxa, Lwisukha), Tiriki. High comprehension of Logooli [rag], but resistance to each other’s pronunciation. Lexical similarity: 70% with Logooli, 52% with Masaba [myx] (Uganda) and Luyia [luy].
Classification  Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Bantoid, Southern, Narrow Bantu, Central, J, Masaba-Luyia (J.30), Luyia
A member of macrolanguage Oluluyia [luy] (Kenya).
Language use  GIDS 5. Home, community, religious services. All Ages. Positive attitude.
Language development  Literacy rate in L1: Below 1%. Literacy rate in L2: 15%–25%. Taught in primary schools. Bible portions: 2000.
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