Luvale language

Luvale language

Native to Angola, Zambia
Ethnicity Lovale
Native speakers
630,000  (2001–2006)[1]
Standard forms
Ngangela (Angola)
Latin (Luvale alphabet)
Luvale Braille
Official status
Recognised minority
language in
Language codes
ISO 639-3 lue
Glottolog luva1239[3]

Luvale (also spelled Chiluvale, Lovale, Lubale, Luena, Lwena) is a Bantu language spoken by the Lovale people of Angola and Zambia. It is recognized as a regional language for educational and administrative purposes in Zambia, where about 168,000 (2006) people speak it.

Luvale is closely related to Chokwe.

In fiction

In the Swedish 1997 murder mystery novel "Faceless Killers", Inspector Kurt Wallander investigates a murderous racist attack on a refugee center in Skane and finds it difficult to communicate with a witness who speaks only the Luvale language. The problem is resolved when a 90-year-old woman is found, who is a former missionary that speaks Luvale fluently, and she acts as the interpreter.


  1. ^ Luvale at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  2. ^ Jouni Filip Maho, 2009. New Updated Guthrie List Online
  3. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Luvale". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 

External links

  • Luvale language at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  • Map of Luvale language (also called Chiluvale, Lovale, Lubale, Luena, Lwena) from the LL-Map Project
  • "Luvale Reading Lessons". Lubuto Library Special Collections. Retrieved 2014-05-04. 
  • Moses C.B. Mulongesa, Vishimo vya Kuuko, Lubuto Library Special Collections, accessed May 3, 2014.
  • Luvale language books, Lubuto Library Special Collections
  • OLAC resources in and about the Luvale language