Gweno language

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Native to Tanzania
Region North Pare Mountains, Kilimanjaro Region
Ethnicity 2,200 (2006)[1]
Native speakers

(older adults)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 gwe
Glottolog gwen1239[2]

Gweno is a Bantu language spoken in the North Pare Mountains in the Kilimanjaro Region of Tanzania. The people known as the Gweno (or more properly Asu[4]) are a Chaga ethnic and linguistic group. The language is today spoken mostly by older adults, with younger generations having shifted to Asu and Swahili.[1] Ethnologue considers Gweno to be moribund;[1] the Gweno stopped raising children to speak the language about 20 years ago.[when?][5]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Gweno language at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Gweno". Glottolog. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Jouni Filip Maho, 2009. New Updated Guthrie List Online
  4. Phillipson, Gerard; Nurse, Derek. "Gweno, a little known Bantu language of Northern Tanzania" (PDF). CNWS Publications.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Winter, Christoph (1992). "175 years of language shift in Gweno". In Brenzinger, Matthias (ed.). Language Death Factual and Theoretical Explorations with Special Reference to East Africa. Berlin: De Gruyter. pp. 285–298. ISBN 978-3-11-087060-2.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

Further reading

  • Sewangi, Seleman S. (2008). Kigweno: Msamiati wa Kigweno–Kiswahili–Kiingereza / Gweno–Swahili–English Lexicon. ISBN 9987-691-16-1.

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