- Elgon languages
The Elgon languages are languages of the Southern Nilotic Kalenjin family spoken in the
Mount Elgonarea in western Kenyaand eastern Uganda. According to the Ethnologue, there are two main Elgon languages: Kupsabiny (spoken by about 120 000 people) and Sabaot(spoken by about 134 000 people). Sabaot is a common name assumed by various related peoples, including the Kony, Pok, and Bong'om (after whom the Western Kenyan town of Bungomais named), whose respective languages are considered separate languages by Rottland (1982).
Terik people, living east of Lake Victoria wedged in between the Nandi, Luoand Luyia, spoke or speak a dialect closely related to Pok and Bong'om. According to their own oral history they are "people of Mount Elgon"; this is confirmed by Bong'om traditions that "the people who later called themselves Terik were still Bong'om when they left Elgon and moved away in a southern direction" (Roeder 1986:142). Recently many of them have assimilated to neighbouring Nandi, leading to a decline in the use of the Terik languagein favor of Nandi.
* [http://www.ethnologue.com/show_family.asp?subid=2229 The Elgon languages on Ethnologue] .
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