A language of Zambia

Alternate Names
Kololo, Kolololo, Rotse, Rozi, Rutse, Silozi, Tozvi

612,000 (2010 census). Total users in all countries: 721,000.


Western province: Barotseland; Southern province: Livingstone area.

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Language Status

4 (Educational). De facto language of provincial identity in portions of Western and Southern provinces.

Language Use

Home, church, community. All ages. Positive attitudes. Used as L2 by Khwedam [xuu], Nkoya [nka].

Language Development
Taught in primary and secondary schools. Newspapers. Radio. Dictionary. Grammar. Bible: 1951–2009.

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Recognized for educational and administrative purposes.

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