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Source: Hudson Simbarashe & Tafadzwa Mukome


Native Name

Total Speakers
7,000,000 (1990)

Usage By Country
Home Speakers: Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Botswana

It is spoken by at least 9 million people as a first language (the other main language spoken in Zimbabwe is Ndebele) and belongs to the Benue-Congo family, Bantu group. In Zimbabwe it is also spoken as lingua franca. The main varieties are Karanga, Korekore, Zezuru and Kalanga, but modern Standard Shona is "Union Shona", a koiné based on some of these important varieties.

Received 8/24/1998
Posted 8/27/1998
Checked 11/12/1998