Makonde

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A language of Tanzania

Alternate Names
Chimakonde, Chinimakonde, Kimakonde, Konde, Matambe, Matambwe, Mekwengo
Population

980,000 in Tanzania (2006). Population total all countries: 1,340,000.

Location

Mtwara Region, primarily Mtwara Urban, Mtwara Rural, Tandahomba, and Newala districts. Also in Mozambique.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Matambwe, Maviha. Matambwe dialect may be more similar to Yao [yao] than Makonde, and may even be a separate language or dialect of Mwera [mwe].

Language Use

Vigorous. Also use some Swahili [swh].

Language Development
Grammar. Bible portions: 2008.
Writing
Latin script.
Other Comments

Makonde are known for wood carving skills. Many wood carvers will say they are Makonde even if they are not. Muslim, Christian, traditional religion.

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