Mpinda

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A language of Angola

Population

18,000 (2018 L. Jordan). Ethnic population: 30,000 (2018 L. Jordan).

Location

Kwanza Sul province: south of Porto Amboim town.

Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Dialects

None known. Most closely related to Kimbundu [kmb]. Lexical similarity: 64% with Ndongo variety of Kimbundu [kmb], 47% with Kibala [blv].

Language Use

Some young people, all adults. Mpinda children learn Portuguese [por] even before they enter school. Adults often use Portuguese when speaking with children or age peers and at church, while they use Mpinda with parents and elders and perhaps with their spouses (2018 L. Jordan). Mixed attitudes. All also use Portuguese [por].

Writing

Unwritten [Qaax].

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