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Kimîîru

A language of Kenya

ISO 639-3mer

Population  1,740,000, increasing.
Region  Eastern Province, Meru District, northeast of Mt. Kenya.
Language map  Kenya, reference number 18
Alternate names   Kimeru, Meru
Dialects  Meru, Igembe, Tigania, Imenti, Miutini, Igoji. Lexical similarity: 85% between dialects Imenti and Tigania. 67% similarity with Chuka [cuh], 63% with Embu [ebu] and Gikuyu [kik], 57% with Kamba [kam].
Classification  Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Bantoid, Southern, Narrow Bantu, Central, E, Kikuyu-Kamba (E.20), Meru
Language use  Vigorous. Home, community. All ages. Positive attitude. Also use Kiswahili [swh], English, or Kiembu [ebu].
Language development  Literacy rate in L1: 5%–10%. Literacy rate in L2: 25%–50%. Taught in primary schools. Bible: 1964.
Writing system  Latin script.
Comments  ‘Mero’ is not a correct spelling. Different from Meru [rwk] of Tanzania. Traditional religion, Christian, Muslim.
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