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SIL Electronic Survey Reports 2009-012

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

Authors  Kr├╝ger, Susanne
Lindfors, Anna-Lena
Nagler, Louise
Woodward, Mark
Abstract 

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.

  A sociolinguistic survey of the Nyiha and Nyika language communities in Tanzania, Zambia and Malawi
Published  2009
Languages  Nyiha, Malawi [nyr]
Nyiha, Tanzania [nih]
Nyika [nkv]
Nyika, Tanzania [nkt]
Countries  Malawi
Tanzania
Zambia
Subjects  Language surveys
Sociolinguistics
Keywords  Sociolinguistics; Language surveys