Swahili language
Source: Wikipedia; Extract taken 26 October 2020
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  1. Swahili, also known by its native name Kiswahili, is a Bantu language and the native language of the Swahili people. It is a lingua franca of the African Great Lakes region and other parts of East and Southern Africa, including Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya some parts of Malawi, Somalia, Zambia, Mozambique and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Comorian, spoken in the Comoros Islands, is sometimes considered a dialect of Swahili, although other authorities consider it a distinct language.Sheng is a mixture of Swahili and English commonly spoken in Kenya and parts of Uganda.
  2. The exact number of Swahili speakers, be they native or second-language speakers, is unknown and is a matter of debate. Various estimates have been put forward, which vary widely, ranging from 100 million to 150 million. Swahili serves as a national language of the DRC, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, and South Sudan. Shikomor, an official language in Comoros and also spoken in Mayotte (Shimaore), is related to Swahili. Swahili is also one of the working languages of the African Union and officially recognised as a lingua franca of the East African Community. In 2018, South Africa legalized the teaching of Swahili in South African schools as an optional subject to begin in 2020.

  1. Classification
  2. History
    → 2.1 Etymology
    → 2.2 Origin
    → 2.3 Colonial period
    → 2.4 Current status
    → → 2.4.1 Tanzania
    → → 2.4.2 Kenya
  3. Religious and political identity
    → 3.1 Religion
    → → 3.1.1 Islam
    → → 3.1.2 Christianity
    → 3.2 Politics
  4. Phonology
    → 4.1 Vowels
    → 4.2 Consonants
  5. Orthography
  6. Grammar
    → 6.1 Noun classes
    → → 6.1.1 Semantic motivation
    → 6.2 Agreement
  7. Dialects and closely related languages
    → 7.1 Dialects
    → → 7.1.1 Old dialects
    → 7.2 Other regions
    → 7.3 Swahili poets
  8. See also
  9. References
    → 9.1 Sources
  10. External links


See Wikipedia: Swahili Language.

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