Chokwe language

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Native to Angola, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Zambia
Native speakers
(980,000 cited 1990–1991)[1]
Official status
Official language in
 Angola (national language)
Regulated by Instituto de Línguas Nacionais
Language codes
ISO 639-3 cjk
Glottolog chok1245[2]
Person Kacôkwe
People Tucôkwe
Language Ucôkwe (Wuchokwe)

Chokwe is a Bantu language spoken by the Chokwe people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Angola and Zambia. It is recognised 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.


  1. ^ a b Chokwe at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Chokwe". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  3. ^ Jouni Filip Maho, 2009. New Updated Guthrie List Online