Lomwe, Malawi

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A language of Malawi

Alternate Names
Anguru, Elhomwe, Nguru
Population

2,290,000 (2009 UNSD).

Location

Blantyre, Machinga, Mulanje, Phalombe, Thyolo, and Zomba districts.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

Mihavane, Muhavani. Not intelligible of Lomwe [ngl] of Mozambique. Different from Ngulu [ngp] (Kingulu) of Tanzania. Reportedly similar to Takwane [tke].

Typology

SVO.

Language Use

Vigorous. Also use Chichewa [nya].

Language Development
Approved orthography. Radio. Dictionary. Texts. NT: 2014.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Nguru is derogatory if used by an outsider; a signal of close identity if used by an insider. Elhomwe is the official name. Traditional religion, Christian.

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