Havu language

Havu (or Haavu or Kihavu) is a Bantu language of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It is spoken mainly in the Idjwi and Kalehe territories of Sud-Kivu Province, in the east of the DRC.[4] It is closely related to the Shi language.

The Havu language is also spoken in the city of Goma, north of the island. However, ethnic Havu in Goma are not using the language as much as those on the island of Idjwi.[5]

Native toDemocratic Republic of Congo
RegionSud-Kivu Province
Native speakers
510,000 (2002)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3hav


  1. ^ Havu at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Havu". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ Jouni Filip Maho, 2009. New Updated Guthrie List Online
  4. ^ "Ethnologue". Retrieved 28 March 2013.
  5. ^ DeWitt, Stephanie. 2019. Language Choice among the Havu of the Democratic Republic of Congo: Comparing two speech communities an urban center and an isolated island. Dallas International University: MA thesis.

HAV or hav may refer to:

Hallux abducto valgus, or bunion

Hand arm vibrations

Hardware-assisted virtualization

Havant railway station, in England

Havant RFC, an English rugby union club

Haversine function

Havildar, a rank in the Indian and Pakistani armies

Havre (Amtrak station), in Montana, United States

Havu language, spoken in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Hepatitis A virus

Highly Automated Vehicle, a term for Autonomous car but also includes vehicles with Advanced driver-assistance systems features

Hindu Aikya Vedi, a Hindu organization

Hybrid Air Vehicles, a British manufacturer

José Martí International Airport in Havana, Cuba

Lifting stone, called hav in the Faroe Islands

Hav, a fictional location in the novel Last Letters from Hav by Jan Morris

Hawu language

The Hawu also known as Havu language, historically Sawu and known to outsiders as Savu or Sabu (thus Havunese, Savunese, Sawunese), is the language of Savu Island in Indonesia and of Raijua Island off the western tip of Savu. Traditionally classified as a Sumba language in the Austronesian family, it may be a non-Austronesian (Papuan) language. (See Savu languages for details.) Dhao, once considered a dialect, is not mutually intelligible with Hawu.

The following description is based on Walker (1982) and Grimes (2006).

Official language
National languages
(by province)
Sign languages


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