Kuhane language

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Region Okavango River
Native speakers
unknown (35,000 cited 1969–2006)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 sbs
K.42 (K.401)[2]
Glottolog subi1246[3]

Kuhane, or Subiya, also known as Kwahane, Chikuahane, Chikwahane, Ciikuhane, or Mbalang'we, is a Bantu language spoken by 35,000 people along the Okavango River in Namibia, Zambia, and Botswana. In Tswana it is known as Subiya (Supia, Sesubea, Echisubia). It is one of several Bantu languages of the Okavango which have click consonants.


  1. ^ Kuhane 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). "Subiya". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 

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