Ngoni language

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Native to Tanzania, Mozambique, Malawi
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, Mozambique, and Malawi. It is one of several languages of the Ngoni people, who descend from the Nguni people of southern Africa, and the language is a member of the Nguni subgroup, with the variety spoken in Malawi sometimes referred to as a dialect of Zulu[4][5]. Other languages spoken by the Ngoni may also be referred to as "Chingoni": many Ngoni in Malawi, for instance, speak 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
  4. ^ Miti, L. M. (1996) Subgrouping Ngoni varieties within Nguni: a lexicostatistical approach, SAJAL 16: 82–92.
  5. ^ Gowlett, D. (2003) "Zone S" in The Bantu Languages (eds. Derek Nurse and Gerard Phillippson), p. 735.