L1 users: 492,000 (2010 census), increasing. 325,000 Kabuverdianu-Sotaventu, 167,000 Kabuverdianu-Barlavente. 80,000 monolinguals. Ethnic population: 1,000,000. Total users in all countries: 733,730.
Boa Vista, Sal, Santo Antão, São Nicolau, and São Vicente islands (Kabuverdianu-Barlavente dialect); Brava, Fogo, Maio, and Santiago islands (Kabuverdianu-Sotaventu dialect).
4 (Educational). Statutory language of national identity (1992, Constitution, Article 9(2)), not co-equal with Portuguese.
Kabuverdianu Sotavento (Caboverdiano-Sotavento, Kabuverdianu-Sotaventu), Kabuverdianu Barlavento (Caboverdiano-Barlavento, Kabuverdianu-Barlavente). 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.