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: 1,009,780.

Location

Widespread: Northeast Lunda district; east Bie, west Moxico, and central Cuando Cubango, Kunene, Malanje, Lunda Sul, Lunda Norte. Also in Democratic Republic of the Congo (Chokwe), Namibia (Chokwe), Zambia (Chokwe).

Language Status

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

Dialects

Minungo, Ukhongo, Ulanda.

Language Use

Home, church, commerce. All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use many neighboring languages.

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

Christian, traditional religion.

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