Ongamo language

Ongamo language

fam2=Eastern Saharan
fam3=Eastern Nilotic

Ongamo (or Ngasa) is an endangered or extinct Eastern Nilotic language of Tanzania. It is related to the Maa languages, but it is more distantly related to them than the Maa languages are to each other. Ongamo has 60% of lexical similarity with Maasai, 59% with Samburu, 58% with Camus. Many of its speakers have shifted to Chagga, a dominant regional Bantu language.


* Sommer, Gabriele {1992) 'A survey on language death in Africa', in Brenzinger, Matthias (ed.) "Language Death: Factual and Theoretical Explorations with Special Reference to East Africa". Berlin/New York: Mouton de Gruyter, pp. 301–417.

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