492,000 in Cape Verde Islands (2010 census), increasing. 325,000 Kabuverdianu-Sotaventu, 167,000 Kabuverdianu-Barlavente. Population total all countries: 1,202,000. 80,000 monolinguals. Ethnic population: 1,000,000. L2 users: Most immigrants in Cape Verde tend to learn Kabuverdianu, in order to interact effectively with all segments of society, especially those involved in business, including a large population of Chinese.
Kabuverdianu-Sotaventu is spoken on Santiago, Maio, Fogo, and Brava islands; Kabuverdianu-Barlavente is spoken on Santo Antão, São Vicente, São Nicolau, Sal, and Boa Vista islands.
4 (Educational). Statutory language of national identity (1992, Constitution, Article 9(2)), not co-equal with Portuguese.
Kabuverdianu-Barlavente (Caboverdiano-Barlavento), Kabuverdianu-Sotaventu (Caboverdiano-Sotavento). Low mutual intelligibility between the dialects.
Vigorous. All domains. All ages. Positive attitudes.
Latin script [Latn].
“Badiu” is a somewhat pejorative name for the indigenous inhabitants of the southern island of Santiago, often used by extension as the name for the variant of Kabuverdianu-Sotaventu spoken on this island. “Sanpadjudu” is a somewhat pejorative name for the indigenous inhabitants of the northern island of Santo Antão, often used by extension as the name for the variant of Kabeverdiane-Barlavente spoken on this island). Christian.