Lomwe

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A language of Mozambique

Alternate Names
Acilowe, Alomwe, Chilowe, Cilowe, Elomwe, Ilomwe, Ingulu, Lomue, Mihavane, Mihavani, Mihawani, Ngulu, Nguru, Walomwe, West Makhuwa, Western Makua
Population

1,500,000 (2006).

Location

Northeast and central, most of Zambezia Province, south Nampula Province. Prestige center is Alto Molocue.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

None known. Reportedly most similar to Makhuwa [vmw] and Chuwabu [chw].

Language Use

Used as L2 by Manyawa [mny].

Language Development
NT: 1930–1983.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Different from Ngulu (Kingulu) of Tanzania. Traditional religion, Christian, Muslim.