Lunda language

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Native to Zambia, Angola, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Native speakers
400,000 in Zambia and Angola  (2001–2010)[1]
Significant but unknown number in Congo
Latin (Lunda alphabet)
Lunda Braille
Official status
Recognised minority
language in
Language codes
ISO 639-2 lun
ISO 639-3 lun
Glottolog lund1266[2]

Lunda, also known as Chilunda, is a Bantu language spoken in Zambia, Angola and, to a lesser extent, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Lunda and its dialects are spoken and understood by perhaps 4.6% of Zambians (1986 estimate), and the language is used mainly in the Northwestern and Luapula provinces of Zambia. The majority of the Lunda can be found in Congo DRC, especially Katanga Province, as well as in Angola, that's Lunda North and Lunda South, kazombo, kambinda, makondo and other parts in the south.[clarification needed] There is also a small number of Lunda dialects in Namibia.


  1. ^ Lunda at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Lunda". Glottolog. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  3. ^ Jouni Filip Maho, 2009. New Updated Guthrie List Online

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