Zande language

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Native toDemocratic Republic of the Congo, Central African Republic, South Sudan
EthnicityZande people
Native speakers
(undated figure of 730,000 in Congo)[1]
350,000 in South Sudan (1982), 65,000 in CAR (1996)[2]
L2 speakers: 100,000 in South Sudan (2013)[2]
Language codes
ISO 639-3zne

Zande is the largest of the Zande languages. It is spoken by the Azande, primarily in the northeast of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and western South Sudan, but also in the eastern part of the Central African Republic. It is called Pazande in the Zande language and Kizande in Lingala.

Estimates about the number of speakers vary; in 2001 Koen Impens cited studies that put the number between 700,000 and one million.[3]


  1. ^ Zande at Ethnologue (10th ed., 1984). Note: Data may come from the 9th edition (1978).
  2. ^ a b Zande at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  3. ^ Impens, Koen (2001). "Essai de bibliographie des Azande". Annales Aequatoria. 22: 449–514.

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