Cokwe

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A language of Angola

Alternate Names
Chokwe, Ciokwe, Djok, Kioko, Quioco, Shioko, Tschiokloe, Tshokwe
Population

456,000 in Angola (1991). Population total all countries: 983,280.

Location

Widespread: Northeast Lunda district; east Bie, west Moxico, and central Cuando Cubango, Kunene, Malanje, Lunda Sul, Lunda Norte.

Language Status

3 (Wider communication). De facto language of national identity.

Dialects

Minungo, Ukhongo, Ulanda.

Language Use

Home, church, commerce. All ages. Positive attitudes. 50% also use Portuguese [por].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: Below 30%. Taught in primary schools (2012). Poetry. Radio programs. Films. Dictionary. Bible: 1970–1990.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Christian, traditional religion.

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