Spoken L1 Language: West Nyala

Comments on subclassification

Möhlig, Wilhelm J. G and Heine, Bernd 1980: 32

AES status:
not endangered
David M. Eberhard and Gary F. Simons and Charles D. Fennig 2020
Nyala (nle-NOCODE_West-Nyala) = 5 (Developing).

The Nyala [nle] entry lists two dialects West Nyala and East Nyala. But the West Nyala language spoken on the shores of Lake Victoria in Busia district in Kenya is a different language from the non-adjacent East Nyala spoken inland ( Kanyoro, Rachel Msimbi Angogo 1983 ). The two are not mutually intelligible ( Ochwaya-Oluoch, Yvonne 2003: 7-8 ) despite both having the name Nyala and being the the Abaluyia group. One of the two is thus missing from E16/E17/E18/E19/E20/E21/E22/E23/E24/E25/E26/E27. See also: East Nyala [nle].

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