Chokwe language

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Native toAngola, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Zambia
Native speakers
(980,000 cited 1990–1991)[1]
  • Atlantic–Congo
    • Benue–Congo languages
      • Southern Bantoid languages
        • Bantu languages(Zone K)
          • Chokwe–Luchazi languages (K.10)
            • Chokwe
Official status
Official language in
Angola (national language)
Regulated byInstituto de Línguas Nacionais
Language codes
ISO 639-3cjk
LanguageUcôkwe (Wuchokwe)

Chokwe is the Bantu language spoken by the Chokwe people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Angola and Zambia. It is recognized as a national language of Angola, where half a million people spoke it in 1991. Another half a million speakers lived in the Congo in 1990, and some 20,000 in Zambia in 2010.[1] Angola's Instituto de Línguas Nacionais (National Languages Institute) has established spelling rules for Chokwe with a view to facilitate and promote its use. It is used as a lingua franca in eastern Angola.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Chokwe at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Chokwe". Glottolog. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Jouni Filip Maho, 2009. New Updated Guthrie List Online