Tugen language

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North Tugen
Native toKenya
RegionWest Central Kenya
Native speakers
140,000 (2009 census)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3tuy
Linguasphere0-CAA-be (tugen-N.) + 0-CAA-db (tugen-S.)

Tugen is the language spoken by the about 200,000 Tugen people of the broader Kalenjin group in Kenya. As a part of the Kalenjin dialect cluster, it is most closely related to such varieties as Kipsigis and Nandi.

The Tugen is made up of three main sub-groups, the Lembus to the south, the Arror in the north and the Samor in the central parts of Baringo district, Kenya.


  1. ^ Tugen at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Tugen". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.