The Gusii language (also known as Kisii or Ekegusii) is a Bantu language spoken in Kisii and Nyamira counties in western Kenya, whose headquarters is Kisii town, (between the Kavirondo Gulf of Lake Victoria and the border with Tanzania). It is spoken by the Gusii people, numbering about 2.0 million (SIL/Ethnologue 1994). It is part of the Niger-Congo language family.
|Region||Western Kenya, Kisii County & Nyamira County|
|2.2 million (2009 census)|
Gusii has seven vowels. Vowel length is contrastive, i.e. the words 'bór' to miss and 'bóór' to say are distinguished by vowel length only.
In the table below, orthographic symbols are included between brackets if they differ from the IPA symbols. Note especially the use of ‘y’ for IPA /j/, common in African orthographies. When symbols appear in pairs, the one to the right represents a voiced consonant.
|plosive||p b||t||c (c)||k ɡ|
|nasal||m||n||ɲ (ny)||ŋ (ng')|
The following morphophonological alternations occur:
Mreta, Abel Y.
Whiteley, Wilfred H.
The gusii language has the consonant ' b' not realized as the bilabial stop as in 'bat' but as bilabial fricative as in words like baba, baminto, abana.
Gusii may refer to:
the Gusii people
the Gusii languageKisii
Kisii may refer to:
Kisii, Kenya, a town in Kisii County
Kisii County, one of the 47 counties of Kenya
Gucha District, in Kenya, also known as South Kisii District
Nyamira District, in Kenya, also known as North Kisii District
Kisii people, an ethnic group in Kenya, also known as Abagusii or Gusii people
Gusii language, spoken by the Kisii people
Kisii School for the Deaf, the only Deaf-run school for Deaf children in Kenya
Kisii stone is a name for soapstone, quarried in Tabaka area of southern Kisii DistrictKisii people
The Abagusii (also known as Kisii or Gusii) is a community of Bantu people who inhabit two counties: Kisii (formerly Kisii District) and Nyamira in Nyanza Province, Western Kenya. Mogusii is culturally identified as their founder and patriarch.
Kisii town - known as Bosongo or Getembe by the locals - is located in Nyanza Province to the southwest of Kenya and is home to the Gusii people. The name Bosongo is believed to have originated from Abasongo (to mean the Whites or the place where white people settle(d)) who lived in the town during the colonial times.
According to the 1979 census, Kisii District had a population of 588,000. The AbaGusii increased to 2.2 million in the latest Kenya Census 2009.Kuria people
The Kuria people (also known as the AbaKurya, are a Bantu community in Tanzania and Kenya. Their homeland is bounded on the east by the Migori River and on the west by the Mara River estuary. Traditionally a farming community, the Kuria grow maize, beans and cassava as food crops and coffee and maize as cash crops.Mzungu
Mzungu (pronounced [m̩ˈzuŋɡu]) is a Bantu language term used in the African Great Lakes region to refer to people of European descent. It is a commonly used expression among Bantu peoples in Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Comoros, Mayotte and Zambia, dating back to the 18th century.
Note: The Guthrie classification is geographic and its groupings do not imply a relationship between the languages within them.