Ngoni language

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Native to Tanzania, Mozambique
Ethnicity some Ngoni people
Native speakers
(170,000 in Tanzania cited 1987)[1]
53,000 in Mozambique (2006)
Language codes
ISO 639-3 ngo
Glottolog ngon1269[2]

Ngoni is a Bantu language of Tanzania and Mozambique. It is one of several languages of the Ngoni people, who descend from the Nguni people of southern Africa. Despite its name, it is not descended from an Nguni language, but only retains the name. Generally any language spoken by the Ngoni may be called "Ngoni": The Ngoni of Malawi, for instance, is Chewa, and other Ngoni speak Tumbuka or Nsenga.


  1. ^ Ngoni at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Ngoni". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  3. ^ Jouni Filip Maho, 2009. New Updated Guthrie List Online