Umbundu language


Umbundu language

language
name=Umbundu
states=flagicon|Angola Angola
speakers=4 million
familycolor=Niger-Congo
fam2=Atlantic-Congo
fam3=Volta-Congo
fam4=Benue-Congo
fam5=Bantoid
fam6=Southern Bantoid
fam7=Narrow Bantu
fam8=Central
fam9=South Mbundu
nation=Angola
iso1=|iso2=umb|iso3=umb

Umbundu, or South Mbundu, (autonym "úmbúndú") is a language spoken by the Ovimbundu people in the central highlands of Angola. Umbundu is the most widespread Bantu language in Angola. About one third of Angola is represented by Ovimbundu people. Not to be confused with Kimbundu, or North Mbundu, a language classified by Malcolm Guthrie as belonging to zone H, whereas Umbundu is an R zone language.

References

*Schadeberg, Thilo C. (1982) 'Nasalization in Umbundu', "Journal of African Languages and Linguistics", 4, 2, 109-132.

*Gladwyn M. Childs 'Umbundu Kinship and Character: Being a Description of Social Structure and Individual Development of the Ovimbundu'. ISBN 0835732274.

External links

* [http://www.ethnologue.com/show_language.asp?code=umb "Ethnologue" report on Umbundu]
* [http://www.panafril10n.org/wikidoc/pmwiki.php/PanAfrLoc/Umbundu PanAfrican L10n page on Umbundu]


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