User:Kanyimbe/Mozambique languages/template

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A brief introduction to the language including anything noteworthy about the language. State at least where the language is spoken and by how many people per Ethnologue.

Language (Use the English form per Ethnologue)
Native Name (Use the Portuguese form, cf. lista de línguas em Moçambique
Native to Mozambique, Country2
Region Province(s)(s) within Mozambique
Native speakers
XX million (date missing)[1]
Official status
Official language in
Regulated by O Centro de Estudos de Línguas Moçambicanas
Language codes
ISO 639-1 none
ISO 639-2 abc (B)
xyz (T)
ISO 639-3 xyz


A description of the genetic classification of the language.

Geographic distribution[edit]

In what countries/regions the language is spoken, and how many people speak it there.

Official status[edit]

List which countries have this language as an official language or other special status.


List of varieties/dialects of the language. Major dialects with lots of information should probably have their own page.

Derived languages[edit]

Creoles and other languages that are derived from this language.


If there is a significant amount of information here, it is probably best to have a separate article on the phonology, called XXX phonology (eg Somali phonology). See Wikipedia:WikiProject Phonetics/Phonology template for a suggested structure.

If a separate page is not warranted, it may still be best to divide the information in this section into sub-sections following the structure on the above phonology template.

If there is a separate page, give a brief summary here, eg the number of consonant and vowel phonemes; important features such as phonemic use of tone or vowel harmony; and unusual or interesting features of the language's phonology.


A general outline of the grammar of the language. Focus on what makes the grammar of the language unique compared to other languages, related as well as unrelated. Lists of each word class and their individual properties, as well as full-fledged inflection or conjugation tables, are probably best put in a separate article.


General description of the morphology of the language.


General description of the syntax of the language. What is the usual word order (SVO, SOV, VSO, etc.)? Theoretical descriptions, lists of example sentences, and explanations involving syntax trees are probably best put in a separate article.


This section should contain a discussion of any special features of the vocabulary of the language, like if it contains a large number of borrowed words or a different sets of words for different politeness levels, taboo groups, etc.

Writing system[edit]

A brief description of the writing system(s) used to write the language. Writing systems have their own page, so what's written here should just be a brief discussion of how this language makes any special use of the writing system and a link to all the writing systems used to write the language.


Probable history of the language. What language(s) it is derived from and when it started diverging from the ancestral language(s). Dates of movement of major groups of speakers, etc. Brief descriptions of important changes in the language, such as reduction of sounds or grammatical cases.

When creating sub-articles, use the formula History of XXX where XXX is the standard English name of the language. Avoid the bulkier format History of XXX language since there is no need for disambiguation in this case.


Some short examples of the language in the writing system(s) used to write the language. You might also include sound samples of the language being spoken. Avoid making lists of tourist phrases such as "hello", "goodbye" and "where's the lavatory?" since these do not represent the specifics of either grammar or phonetics particularly well.


Be sure to cite sources. Use these example styles and citation templates as a guide.

External links[edit]

The first link should be the appropriate {{Interwiki}}, if such a thing exists.

To cite Ethnologue, use the {{Ethnologue}} template as follows:


replacing xxx with the ISO 639-3 code. If Ethnologue's name for the language is different from Wikipedia's, write:


where XYZ is Ethnologue's name. Otherwise Wikipedia's name gets inserted by default.

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