Chokwe language

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Chokwe
Native to Angola, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Zambia
Native speakers
unknown (980,000 cited 1990–1991)[1]
Official status
Official language in
Angola Angola (national language)
Regulated by Instituto de Línguas Nacionais
Language codes
ISO 639-3 cjk
Glottolog chok1245[2]
K.11[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 half a million people spoke it in 1991. Another half a million speakers lived in the Congo in 1990, and some 20,000 in Zambia in 2010.[1] 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. ^ a b Chokwe at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Chokwe". Glottolog. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  3. ^ Jouni Filip Maho, 2009. New Updated Guthrie List Online