Monday, March 14, 2011

Continuing with Word Languages

Translation Services Cleveland OHIO—Language: Aasáx


A language of Tanzania

ISO 639-3aas
Population 350 (1999 J. Carr).
Region North, central Maasai Steppe, Landenai, Ndovu Okutu, Lolbeni villages. Also reportedly in Lemelebo, Landrobo, Naitomani districts.
Language map Tanzania, reference number 43
Alternate names  Aasá, Asá, Asak, Asax, Assa, “Dorobo” , Il Konono, Lamanik, “Ndorobo”
Classification Afro-Asiatic, Cushitic, South
Language use In 1999 reportedly still spoken in the central Massai Steppe. No remaining speakers in the eastern Maasai Steppe in 1976. Dependent on the Maasai and absorbed into Maasai and nearby Bantu groups. Also use Maasai [mas].
Comments ‘Assa’ is the name for the people. ‘Lamanik’ and ‘Il Konono’ apparently refer to ancestry and not the language. In the last 4 districts mentioned the Assa are nomadic and hold joint religious ceremonies with the Temi (Sonjo) to the north. Hunter-gatherers; settled and nomadic.

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