Chokwe language

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Chokwe
Native to Angola, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Zambia
Native speakers
1.0 million  (1990–1991)[1]
Official status
Official language in
Angola Angola (national language)
Regulated by Instituto de Línguas Nacionais
Language codes
ISO 639-3 cjk
K.11[2]
Glottolog chok1245[3]
Chokwe
Person Kacôkwe
People Tucôkwe
Language Ucôkwe (Wuchokwe)

Chokwe is the Bantu language spoken by the Chokwe people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Angola and Zambia. It is recognized as a national language of Angola, where about 456,000 people spoke it in 1991. Another half a million speakers lived in the Congo in 1990, and some 44,200 in Zambia in 1986.[4] Angola's Instituto de Línguas Nacionais (National Languages Institute) has established spelling rules for Chokwe with a view to facilitate and promote its use. It is used as a lingua franca in eastern Angola.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Chokwe at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  2. ^ Jouni Filip Maho, 2009. New Updated Guthrie List Online
  3. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Chokwe". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  4. ^ Ethnologue report for Chokwe, retrieved on 2010-03-30.

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