Angolar

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Alternate Names
Ngola
Population

5,000 (1998 SIL).

Location

São Tomé Island south tip, São João dos Angolares area; some south of Caué area.

Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

None known. Substratum largely Kwa [kwb] and Western Bantu; quite distinct from creoles of Guinea-Bissau, Senegal, Gambia, and Cape Verde. The 33% of the Angolar lexicon not shared with Sãotomense [cri] is largely of Bantu origin, apparently Kimbundu [kmb] of Angola, with some from Koongo [kng] and Bini [bin]. Lexical similarity: 70% with São Tomense [cri], 67% with Principense [pre], 53% with Fa d’Ambu [fab].

Typology

Tonal.

Language Use

Home, community. Also use Portuguese [por], Sãotomense [cri].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 50% Portuguese. Grammar.
Other Comments

Distinct ethnolinguistic group from the Forros, the emancipated. Most Angolares speak Sãotomense [cri], and tend to be absorbed into the Forros. Christian.