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Extinct: no
Family: Niger-Congo
Branch: Bantu
Continent: Africa
Country: Tanzania
 
Region: Northeastern slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Mt. Meru, and Moshi area.
Countries Where Spoken: 400,000 (1995). Tanzania.
Countries Where Official: Tanzania
   
Native Speakers: 400,000
Speakers Total: 400,000
  
Phrasebase members who speak Chagga at a native level: 0
Phrasebase members who speak Chagga at a conversational level: 0
Phrasebase members primary language they are trying to learn is Chagga: 0
Phrasebase members secondary language they are trying to learn is Chagga: 0
  
Three Letter Code: KAF
Alternative Names: KICHAGA, CHAGA, DSCHAGGA, KISHAKA, DJAGA
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Summary: A dialect continuum from Siha to Usseri. Speakers say most of the Vunjo (central) dialects are intelligible with the Kibosho and Machame dialects of Hai (west). Hai and Rombo (east) are not inherently intelligible with each other (Polome 1980). 54% to 56% lexical similarity with Gweno, 41% to 44% with Taita. Value placed on children learning Chagga (Whiteley). SVO. Roman script. NT 1964.
 

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