Spoken L1 Language: Mbugu

Comments on subclassification

Maarten Mous 2020

AES status:
Campbell, Lyle and Lee, Nala Huiying and Okura, Eve and Simpson, Sean and Ueki, Kaori 2022
Mbugu (9049-mhd) = Threatened (100 percent certain, based on the evidence available) (Mbugu cha ndani speakers speak cha ndani a majority of the time in the domain of the home. Cha ndani also is used occasionally in interpersonal exchanges outside of the home, but the number of those able to use this form is small so its use is limited. ... When asked this question [“What does the future look like for the Mbugu language?”] or a similar question, two-thirds answered that their language was being lost. In another question over two-thirds answered that the Mbugu young people are leaving their language in order to speak Swahili. ... Increasingly, Mbugu parents are not teaching their children how to speak their own language, a reality that many parents readily admit. ... The language of cha kawaida is actively in a process of language shift and it is unacceptable to the Mbugu Community as authentic Mbugu and cha ndani is experiencing systematic decline.)

(see Lewis 2003)

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