Chopi

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A language of Mozambique

Alternate Names
Cicopi, Copi, Shichopi, Shicopi, Tschopi, Txitxopi, Txopi
Population

760,000 (2006).

Location

Inhambane province: south Zavala district; Gaza province: 100 km coastal strip between Inharrime and Chidunguela; Maputo province. Center is Quissico.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Copi, Khambani, Lambwe, Lengue (Kilenge, Lenge), Ndonge, Tonga. Many dialects; all mutually inherently intelligible. Lexical similarity: 44% with Gitonga [toh].

Language Use

About half understand Tswa [tsc].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 10%. Dictionary. Grammar. NT: 2000.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Distinct from Chopi (Dhopaluo), a dialect of Acholi [ach] of Uganda.