Kerewe language

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Native toTanzania
RegionLake Victoria
Native speakers
(100,000 cited 1987)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3ked

Kerewe, or Kerebe, is a Bantu language of Tanzania, spoken on Ukerewe Island in Lake Victoria, the largest inland island in Africa.

Kerewe phonology prohibits vowel sequences: if a vowel sequence arises in the underlying representation of a phrase, the sequence becomes either a long vowel or a glide followed by a long vowel in the surface representation.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Kerebe at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Kerewe". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ Jouni Filip Maho, 2009. New Updated Guthrie List Online
  4. ^ Odden, David. "Bantu Phonology" (PDF). pp. 19–20. Retrieved 7 October 2014.