|Native to||Angola, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Zambia|
|(980,000 cited 1990–1991)|
Official language in
|Angola (national language)|
|Regulated by||Instituto de Línguas Nacionais|
Chokwe is a Bantu language spoken by the Chokwe people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Angola and Zambia. It is recognised as a national language of Angola, where half a million people spoke it in 1991. Another half a million speakers lived in the Congo in 1990, and some 20,000 in Zambia in 2010. Angola's Instituto de Línguas Nacionais (National Languages Institute) has established spelling rules for Chokwe with a view to facilitate and promote its use. It is used as a lingua franca in eastern Angola.
Note: The Guthrie classification is geographic and its groupings do not imply a relationship between the languages within them.
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