Gogo - Cigogo

1.  Classification / Classification

Gogo is a Bantu language (Guthrie G11) (Webbook?)

Ethnologue? lists the classification as: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Bantoid, Southern, Narrow Bantu, Central, G, Gogo (G.10)

2.  Where Spoken / Localisation géographique

It is spoken in central Tanzania around Dodoma. (Webbook)

3.  Number of Speakers / Nombre de locuteurs

1,300,000 (1992 UBS) (Ethnologue)

4.  Dialect Survey / Enquête de dialecte

No complete dialect survey is known to us. Derek Nurse writes that "Gogo is felt to have three dialects: ci-nyambwa, spoken west of Dodoma; ci-nyaugogo, spoken around Dodoma; ci-tumba, spoken east of Dodoma." (Webbook)

Nyambwa (West Gogo), Nyaugogo (Central Gogo), Tumba (East Gogo). Lexical similarity 50% with Hehe and Sangu, 48% with Kimbu, 45% with Nilamba. (Ethnologue)

5.  Usage / Utilisation

Gogo is a local language. (Webbook)

Ethnologue has the following notes concerning language use: Vigorous. Used in meetings by the Anglican church.

6.  Orthography / Orthographe

6.1  Status / Statut

Gogo has a Romanized orthography, although its status is unknown as of this writing. (Webbook)

6.2  Sample Alphabet / Alphabet exemple

Sample text in the "Language Museum" at http://www.language-museum.com/g/gogo.htm

7.  Use in ICT / Utilisation dans les TIC

7.1  Fonts / Polices

7.2  Keyboard layouts / Dispositions de clavier

7.3  Content on computers & internet / Contenu en informatique et sur l'Internet

7.4  Localized software / Logiciels localisés

None known of.

7.5  Language codes / Codes de langue

  • ISO 639-1: -
  • ISO 639-2: -
  • ISO 639-3: gog

7.6  Other / Autre

8.  Localisation resources / Ressources pour localisation

8.1  Individuals (experts) / Individuelles (experts)

8.2  Institutions / Institutions

8.3  On the internet / Sur la toile

9.  Comments / Remarques

10.  References / Références

Dwyer, David (1997), Webbook of African Languages, http://africa.isp.msu.edu/afrlang/hiermenu.html (page on "Gogo," http://africa.isp.msu.edu/afrlang/Gogo_root.html )

SIL International, Ethnologue: Languages of the World, "Gogo," http://www.ethnologue.com/language/gog

SIL International, "ISO 639 Code Tables," http://www-01.sil.org/iso639-3/codes.asp

U.S. Library of Congress, "ISO 639.2: Codes for the Representation of Names of Languages: Alpha-3 codes arranged alphabetically by the English name of language," http://www.loc.gov/standards/iso639-2/php/English_list.php

Wikipedia, "Gogo language," https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gogo_language

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