Swahili

Swahili is the most widespread African language south of the Sahara. Swahili, a Bantu language, is the official and national language of Tanzania, the national language of Kenya as well as a lingua franca in larger parts of Burundi, Comoros, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Uganda, Zaire and Zambia. Subject studies include the modern literary language (Standard Swahili) and various dialects in both classical and modern forms.

Modern Swahili is going through a dynamic process of development. The language is standardised and complex with many noun classes instead of grammatical gender. The early Swahili literature includes fiction writing, primarily poetic, but there are also several chronicles of the East African coastal region's history, mythology and religion.

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