Rukwa languages

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E Zambia, SE DR-Congo
Linguistic classification: Niger–Congo
Glottolog: corr1234[1]

The Rukwa languages are a group of Bantu languages established by Nurse (1988) and Fourshey (2002). They constitute half of Guthrie's Zone M, plus Bungu. The languages, or clusters, along with their Guthrie identifications, are:

Nurse (1988) had established a more limited Mbozi ("Corridor"), without Pimbwe or Bungu, and with the addition of Rungwe tentative.

Maho (2009) adds Penja (possibly extinct), to M30, and Kulwe as closest to Fipa.


  1. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Corridor Bantu". Glottolog. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.