Makwe language

The Makwe (Macue) language, Kimakwe, is a close relative of Swahili spoken on the coast of the Cabo Delgado Province of Mozambique, and across the border in Tanzania. Although it shares high lexical similarity (60%) with Swahili, it is not intelligible with it, nor with its cousin Mwani. Arends et al. suggest it might turn out to be a Makonde–Swahili mixed language.[4]

A grammar of the Makwe language by Maud Devos was published in 2008.[5]

Native toMozambique, Tanzania
Native speakers
119,700 (2003-2009)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3ymk


  1. ^ "Makwe". Ethnologue. Retrieved 2018-08-08.
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Makwe". 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. ^ Arends, Muysken, & Smith (1995), Pidgins and Creoles: An Introduction
  5. ^ Devos, Maud (2008). A Grammar of Makwe. LINCOM publishers. ISBN 978-3895861079.
Makwe people

The Makwe are an ethnic and linguistic group based on the Indian Ocean coast in northern Mozambique and southern Tanzania. In 2003 the Makwe population was estimated to number 32,000, of which 22,000 live in Mozambique and 10,000 live in Tanzania [1]. In Tanzania the Makwe language is also known as Maraba.

Official language
Indigenous languages
Sign languages


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