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Recollecting Words and Expressions in Aasá, a Dead Language in Tanzania
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Native Speakers Worldwide

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Non-monolingual speakers

All

More about speakers

"In all, we collected data from twelve individuals ranging in age from fifty to seventy years old at four different places, totaling about four hundred items (lexicon and set phrases) with a good deal of overlapping material."

Year of info

2010

Location and Context

Countries

Tanzania

Coordinates

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Location description

"The Aasá live in the Maasai Plains south of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania... [and in] settlements including Komolo, Lendanai, Lemelepo, and Naajuu."

Government support

No data

Institutional support

No data

Speakers’s attitudes

Negative

Standard orthography

No data

Script (Writing system)

No data

Other writing systems

"The Aasá live in the Maasai Plains south of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania... [and in] settlements including Komolo, Lendanai, Lemelepo, and Naajuu."

More on writing systems

No data

Other languages used

Maasai, Swahili

Domains of other languages

All

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Severely Endangered

Native Speakers Worldwide

No data

Domains of Use

No data

Speaker Number Trends

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Transmission

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Speakers

Second-language speakers

No data

Semi-speakers

~100

Child speakers

No data

Young adult speakers

No data

Older adult speakers

No data

Elder Speakers

No data

Ethnic Population

No data

Non-monolingual speakers

No data

More about speakers

"According to Winter (1979), the last speaker died in 1976... Smith (in Blackburn n.d.) gives the approximate number of 100 people who have some knowledge of the language." Others claim approximately 1000 speakers of different levels of competence.

Year of info

1992

Location and Context

Countries

Arusha Region, Tanzania

Coordinates

No data

Location description

"Tanzania, area centred around Komolo and Loiborsoit, Arusha Region."

Government support

No data

Institutional support

No data

Speakers’s attitudes

No data

Standard orthography

No data

Script (Writing system)

No data

Other writing systems

"Tanzania, area centred around Komolo and Loiborsoit, Arusha Region."

More on writing systems

No data

Other languages used

No data

Domains of other languages

No data

More on context

No data

Severely Endangered

Native Speakers Worldwide

No data

Domains of Use

No data

Speaker Number Trends

No data

Transmission

No data

Speakers

Second-language speakers

No data

Semi-speakers

~100

Child speakers

No data

Young adult speakers

No data

Older adult speakers

No data

Elder Speakers

No data

Ethnic Population

No data

Non-monolingual speakers

No data

More about speakers

"According to Winter (1979), the last speaker died in 1976... Smith (in Blackburn n.d.) gives the approximate number of 100 people who have some knowledge of the language." Others claim approximately 1000 speakers of different levels of competence.

Year of info

1992

Location and Context

Countries

Arusha Region, Tanzania

Coordinates

No data

Location description

"Tanzania, area centred around Komolo and Loiborsoit, Arusha Region."

Government support

No data

Institutional support

No data

Speakers’s attitudes

No data

Standard orthography

No data

Script (Writing system)

No data

Other writing systems

"Tanzania, area centred around Komolo and Loiborsoit, Arusha Region."

More on writing systems

No data

Other languages used

No data

Domains of other languages

No data

More on context

No data

Severely Endangered

Native Speakers Worldwide

No data

Domains of Use

No data

Speaker Number Trends

No data

Transmission

No data

Speakers

Second-language speakers

No data

Semi-speakers

~100

Child speakers

No data

Young adult speakers

No data

Older adult speakers

No data

Elder Speakers

No data

Ethnic Population

No data

Non-monolingual speakers

No data

More about speakers

"According to Winter (1979), the last speaker died in 1976... Smith (in Blackburn n.d.) gives the approximate number of 100 people who have some knowledge of the language." Others claim approximately 1000 speakers of different levels of competence.

Year of info

1992

Location and Context

Countries

Arusha Region, Tanzania

Coordinates

No data

Location description

"...area centered around Komolo and Loiborsoit, Arusha Region."

Government support

No data

Institutional support

No data

Speakers’s attitudes

No data

Standard orthography

No data

Script (Writing system)

No data

Other writing systems

"...area centered around Komolo and Loiborsoit, Arusha Region."

More on writing systems

No data

Other languages used

No data

Domains of other languages

No data

More on context

No data

Severely Endangered

Native Speakers Worldwide

No data

Domains of Use

No data

Speaker Number Trends

No data

Transmission

No data

Speakers

Second-language speakers

No data

Semi-speakers

~100

Child speakers

No data

Young adult speakers

No data

Older adult speakers

No data

Elder Speakers

No data

Ethnic Population

No data

Non-monolingual speakers

No data

More about speakers

"According to Winter (1979), the last speaker died in 1976... Smith (in Blackburn n.d.) gives the approximate number of 100 people who have some knowledge of the language." Others claim approximately 1000 speakers of different levels of competence.

Year of info

1992

Location and Context

Countries

Arusha Region, Tanzania

Coordinates

No data

Location description

"...area centered around Komolo and Loiborsoit, Arusha Region."

Government support

No data

Institutional support

No data

Speakers’s attitudes

No data

Standard orthography

No data

Script (Writing system)

No data

Other writing systems

"...area centered around Komolo and Loiborsoit, Arusha Region."

More on writing systems

No data

Other languages used

No data

Domains of other languages

No data

More on context

No data

Severely Endangered

Native Speakers Worldwide

No data

Domains of Use

No data

Speaker Number Trends

No data

Transmission

No data

Speakers

Second-language speakers

No data

Semi-speakers

~100

Child speakers

No data

Young adult speakers

No data

Older adult speakers

No data

Elder Speakers

No data

Ethnic Population

No data

Non-monolingual speakers

No data

More about speakers

"According to Winter (1979), the last speaker died in 1976... Smith (in Blackburn n.d.) gives the approximate number of 100 people who have some knowledge of the language." Others claim approximately 1000 speakers of different levels of competence.

Year of info

1992

Location and Context

Countries

Arusha Region, Tanzania

Coordinates

No data

Location description

"Tanzania, area centred around Komolo and Loiborsoit, Arusha Region."

Government support

No data

Institutional support

No data

Speakers’s attitudes

No data

Standard orthography

No data

Script (Writing system)

No data

Other writing systems

"Tanzania, area centred around Komolo and Loiborsoit, Arusha Region."

More on writing systems

No data

Other languages used

Maasai

Domains of other languages

No data

More on context

No data

Severely Endangered

Native Speakers Worldwide

No data

Domains of Use

No data

Speaker Number Trends

No data

Transmission

No data

Speakers

Second-language speakers

No data

Semi-speakers

~100

Child speakers

No data

Young adult speakers

No data

Older adult speakers

No data

Elder Speakers

No data

Ethnic Population

No data

Non-monolingual speakers

No data

More about speakers

"According to Winter (1979), the last speaker died in 1976... Smith (in Blackburn n.d.) gives the approximate number of 100 people who have some knowledge of the language." Others claim approximately 1000 speakers of different levels of competence.

Year of info

1992

Location and Context

Countries

Arusha Region, Tanzania

Coordinates

No data

Location description

"Tanzania, area centred around Komolo and Loiborsoit, Arusha Region."

Government support

No data

Institutional support

No data

Speakers’s attitudes

No data

Standard orthography

No data

Script (Writing system)

No data

Other writing systems

"Tanzania, area centred around Komolo and Loiborsoit, Arusha Region."

More on writing systems

No data

Other languages used

Maasai

Domains of other languages

No data

More on context

No data

Severely Endangered

Native Speakers Worldwide

No data

Domains of Use

No data

Speaker Number Trends

No data

Transmission

No data

Speakers

Second-language speakers

No data

Semi-speakers

~100

Child speakers

No data

Young adult speakers

No data

Older adult speakers

No data

Elder Speakers

No data

Ethnic Population

No data

Non-monolingual speakers

No data

More about speakers

"According to Winter (1979), the last speaker died in 1976... Smith (in Blackburn n.d.) gives the approximate number of 100 people who have some knowledge of the language." Others claim approximately 1000 speakers of different levels of competence.

Year of info

1992

Location and Context

Countries

Arusha Region, Tanzania

Coordinates

No data

Location description

"...area centered around Komolo and Loiborsoit, Arusha Region."

Government support

No data

Institutional support

No data

Speakers’s attitudes

No data

Standard orthography

No data

Script (Writing system)

No data

Other writing systems

"...area centered around Komolo and Loiborsoit, Arusha Region."

More on writing systems

No data

Other languages used

Maasai

Domains of other languages

No data

More on context

No data

Severely Endangered

Native Speakers Worldwide

No data

Domains of Use

No data

Speaker Number Trends

No data

Transmission

No data

Speakers

Second-language speakers

No data

Semi-speakers

~100

Child speakers

No data

Young adult speakers

No data

Older adult speakers

No data

Elder Speakers

No data

Ethnic Population

No data

Non-monolingual speakers

No data

More about speakers

"According to Winter (1979), the last speaker died in 1976... Smith (in Blackburn n.d.) gives the approximate number of 100 people who have some knowledge of the language." Others claim approximately 1000 speakers of different levels of competence.

Year of info

1992

Location and Context

Countries

Arusha Region, Tanzania

Coordinates

No data

Location description

"...area centered around Komolo and Loiborsoit, Arusha Region."

Government support

No data

Institutional support

No data

Speakers’s attitudes

No data

Standard orthography

No data

Script (Writing system)

No data

Other writing systems

"...area centered around Komolo and Loiborsoit, Arusha Region."

More on writing systems

No data

Other languages used

Maasai

Domains of other languages

No data

More on context

No data

Severely Endangered

Native Speakers Worldwide

No data

Domains of Use

No data

Speaker Number Trends

No data

Transmission

No data

Speakers

Second-language speakers

No data

Semi-speakers

~100

Child speakers

No data

Young adult speakers

No data

Older adult speakers

No data

Elder Speakers

No data

Ethnic Population

No data

Non-monolingual speakers

No data

More about speakers

"According to Winter (1979), the last speaker died in 1976... Smith (in Blackburn n.d.) gives the approximate number of 100 people who have some knowledge of the language." Others claim approximately 1000 speakers of different levels of competence.

Year of info

1992

Location and Context

Countries

Arusha Region, Tanzania

Coordinates

No data

Location description

"Tanzania, area centred around Komolo and Loiborsoit, Arusha Region."

Government support

No data

Institutional support

No data

Speakers’s attitudes

No data

Standard orthography

No data

Script (Writing system)

No data

Other writing systems

"Tanzania, area centred around Komolo and Loiborsoit, Arusha Region."

More on writing systems

No data

Other languages used

No data

Domains of other languages

No data

More on context

No data

Severely Endangered

Native Speakers Worldwide

No data

Domains of Use

No data

Speaker Number Trends

No data

Transmission

No data

Speakers

Second-language speakers

No data

Semi-speakers

~100

Child speakers

No data

Young adult speakers

No data

Older adult speakers

No data

Elder Speakers

No data

Ethnic Population

No data

Non-monolingual speakers

No data

More about speakers

"According to Winter (1979), the last speaker died in 1976... Smith (in Blackburn n.d.) gives the approximate number of 100 people who have some knowledge of the language." Others claim approximately 1000 speakers of different levels of competence.

Year of info

1992

Location and Context

Countries

Arusha Region, Tanzania

Coordinates

No data

Location description

"...area centered around Komolo and Loiborsoit, Arusha Region."

Government support

No data

Institutional support

No data

Speakers’s attitudes

No data

Standard orthography

No data

Script (Writing system)

No data

Other writing systems

"...area centered around Komolo and Loiborsoit, Arusha Region."

More on writing systems

No data

Other languages used

Maasai

Domains of other languages

No data

More on context

No data

Severely Endangered

Native Speakers Worldwide

No data

Domains of Use

No data

Speaker Number Trends

No data

Transmission

No data

Speakers

Second-language speakers

No data

Semi-speakers

~100

Child speakers

No data

Young adult speakers

No data

Older adult speakers

No data

Elder Speakers

No data

Ethnic Population

No data

Non-monolingual speakers

No data

More about speakers

"According to Winter (1979), the last speaker died in 1976... Smith (in Blackburn n.d.) gives the approximate number of 100 people who have some knowledge of the language." Others claim approximately 1000 speakers of different levels of competence.

Year of info

1992

Location and Context

Countries

Arusha Region, Tanzania

Coordinates

No data

Location description

"...area centered around Komolo and Loiborsoit, Arusha Region."

Government support

No data

Institutional support

No data

Speakers’s attitudes

No data

Standard orthography

No data

Script (Writing system)

No data

Other writing systems

"...area centered around Komolo and Loiborsoit, Arusha Region."

More on writing systems

No data

Other languages used

Maasai

Domains of other languages

No data

More on context

No data

Severely Endangered

Native Speakers Worldwide

No data

Domains of Use

No data

Speaker Number Trends

No data

Transmission

No data

Speakers

Second-language speakers

No data

Semi-speakers

~100

Child speakers

No data

Young adult speakers

No data

Older adult speakers

No data

Elder Speakers

No data

Ethnic Population

No data

Non-monolingual speakers

No data

More about speakers

"According to Winter (1979), the last speaker died in 1976... Smith (in Blackburn n.d.) gives the approximate number of 100 people who have some knowledge of the language." Others claim approximately 1000 speakers of different levels of competence.

Year of info

1992

Location and Context

Countries

Arusha Region, Tanzania

Coordinates

No data

Location description

"Tanzania, area centred around Komolo and Loiborsoit, Arusha Region."

Government support

No data

Institutional support

No data

Speakers’s attitudes

No data

Standard orthography

No data

Script (Writing system)

No data

Other writing systems

"Tanzania, area centred around Komolo and Loiborsoit, Arusha Region."

More on writing systems

No data

Other languages used

Maasai

Domains of other languages

No data

More on context

No data

Severely Endangered

Native Speakers Worldwide

No data

Domains of Use

No data

Speaker Number Trends

No data

Transmission

No data

Speakers

Second-language speakers

No data

Semi-speakers

~100

Child speakers

No data

Young adult speakers

No data

Older adult speakers

No data

Elder Speakers

No data

Ethnic Population

No data

Non-monolingual speakers

No data

More about speakers

"According to Winter (1979), the last speaker died in 1976... Smith (in Blackburn n.d.) gives the approximate number of 100 people who have some knowledge of the language." Others claim approximately 1000 speakers of different levels of competence.

Year of info

1992

Location and Context

Countries

Arusha Region, Tanzania

Coordinates

No data

Location description

"Tanzania, area centred around Komolo and Loiborsoit, Arusha Region."

Government support

No data

Institutional support

No data

Speakers’s attitudes

No data

Standard orthography

No data

Script (Writing system)

No data

Other writing systems

"Tanzania, area centred around Komolo and Loiborsoit, Arusha Region."

More on writing systems

No data

Other languages used

Maasai

Domains of other languages

No data

More on context

No data

Severely Endangered

Native Speakers Worldwide

No data

Domains of Use

No data

Speaker Number Trends

No data

Transmission

No data

Speakers

Second-language speakers

No data

Semi-speakers

~100

Child speakers

No data

Young adult speakers

No data

Older adult speakers

No data

Elder Speakers

No data

Ethnic Population

No data

Non-monolingual speakers

No data

More about speakers

"According to Winter (1979), the last speaker died in 1976... Smith (in Blackburn n.d.) gives the approximate number of 100 people who have some knowledge of the language." Others claim approximately 1000 speakers of different levels of competence.

Year of info

1992

Location and Context

Countries

Arusha Region, Tanzania

Coordinates

No data

Location description

"...area centered around Komolo and Loiborsoit, Arusha Region."

Government support

No data

Institutional support

No data

Speakers’s attitudes

No data

Standard orthography

No data

Script (Writing system)

No data

Other writing systems

"...area centered around Komolo and Loiborsoit, Arusha Region."

More on writing systems

No data

Other languages used

No data

Domains of other languages

No data

More on context

No data

Severely Endangered

Native Speakers Worldwide

No data

Domains of Use

No data

Speaker Number Trends

No data

Transmission

No data

Speakers

Second-language speakers

No data

Semi-speakers

~100

Child speakers

No data

Young adult speakers

No data

Older adult speakers

No data

Elder Speakers

No data

Ethnic Population

No data

Non-monolingual speakers

No data

More about speakers

"According to Winter (1979), the last speaker died in 1976... Smith (in Blackburn n.d.) gives the approximate number of 100 people who have some knowledge of the language." Others claim approximately 1000 speakers of different levels of competence.

Year of info

1992

Location and Context

Countries

Arusha Region, Tanzania

Coordinates

No data

Location description

"Tanzania, area centred around Komolo and Loiborsoit, Arusha Region."

Government support

No data

Institutional support

No data

Speakers’s attitudes

No data

Standard orthography

No data

Script (Writing system)

No data

Other writing systems

"Tanzania, area centred around Komolo and Loiborsoit, Arusha Region."

More on writing systems

No data

Other languages used

No data

Domains of other languages

No data

More on context

No data

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