Mbowe language

Mbowe (Esimbowe[1]) is a Bantu language of Zambia.

Maho (2009) lists K.321 Mbume and K.322 Liyuwa as distinct but closely related languages.[3] Mbowe had once been classified as a dialect of the divergent Luyana language.

Native toZambia
RegionOkavango River
Native speakers
460 (2010 census)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3mxo


  1. ^ a b Mbowe at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Mbowe". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ a b Jouni Filip Maho, 2009. New Updated Guthrie List Online

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Luyana language

Luyana (Luyaana), also known as Luyi (Louyi, Lui, Rouyi), is a Bantu language spoken in Zambia and perhaps in small numbers in neighboring countries. It appears to be an divergent lineage of Bantu. It is spoken by the Luyana people, a subgroup of the Lozi people.

Ethnologue lists Kwandi, Mbowe, Mbume, and possibly Kwangwa ("Kwanga") as dialects. Maho (2009) classifies these as distinct languages; it is not clear if any of them are part of the divergent Luyana branch of Bantu, or if they are Kavango languages.The writing system of the Luyana language was developed in 2011 and uses the Latin script.The language is taught in primary schools and secondary schools.


Mbowe may be,

Mbowe language

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