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These languages, Yao and Makonde, are known as the Yao Group of Bantu (Guthrie P20). (Webbook)
Ethnologue lists the classification as: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Bantoid, Southern, Narrow Bantu, Central, P, Yao (P.20)
Yao is spoken by the Yao, primarily in southern Malawi but also in southeastern Tanzania and in Mozambique, and Makonde (spoken by the Makonde, primarily in southeastern Tanzania and in Mozambique). (Webbook)
Yao in Malawi: This language is spoken mostly in the southern part of Malawi in the following districts: Mangochi, Machinga, Balaka, Zomba, parts of Blantyre and a few parts of Dedza in the central region.
According to Ethnologue:
No thorough Yao dialect survey has come to our attention. Nurse (1980, p. 127) believes that more work needs to be done on the Makonde dialect situation but notes: "Makonde is said to have as dialects:
According to Ethnologue:
Yao and Makonde are local first languages. (Webbook)
Ethnologue has this comment re usage of Makonde in Tanzania: Vigorous
Literacy rate among Yao speakers in Malawi (according to Ethnologue):
Kamwendo and Kachiwanda (2002) reported that the Centre for Language Studies in Malawi had recommended collaboration with Mozambique on developing teaching & learning materials for Yao.
Yao in Tanzania use a Swahili-based orthography different from Malawi and Mozambique. (Ethnologue) [simple or ex
Kamwendo and Kachiwanda (2002) reported that Yao did not have a standardized orthography in Malawi, but that the Centre for Language Studies in Malawi had done a study with that aim in mind.
The above are Latin-based orthographies.
A table at http://www.bisharat.net/A12N/MozaSource.htm gives some information for Ciyao and Shimakonde in Mozambique
The "Language Museum" site has sample texts (but it is not clear what orthographies) for:
LILOVE LYA VILAMBO LYA WASA WA VAN (Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Makonde): http://www.unhchr.ch/udhr/lang/kde.htm
Mkamulano Wa Ilambo Yoscope Pa Ufulu Wa Chipago Wa Wandu (Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Yao): http://www.unhchr.ch/udhr/lang/yao.htm
Not aware of any.
Chipo Kanjo, University of Malawi
Kamwendo, Gregory H., and Stella O. Kachiwanda. 2002. "Enhancing the Role of an African Language: The Case of Ciyao in Malawi." In F. R. Owino, ed. Speaking African. African Languages for Education and Development. Cape Town: CASAS. Pp. 175-188.
SIL International, Ethnologue: Languages of the World, "Makonde," http://www.ethnologue.com/show_language.asp?code=kde
______, "Yao," http://www.ethnologue.com/show_language.asp?code=yao
SIL International, "ISO 639 Code Tables," http://www.sil.org/iso639-3/codes.asp
U.S. Library of Congress, "ISO 639.2: Codes for the Representation of Names of Languages: Alpha-3 codes arranged alphabetically by the English name of language," http://www.loc.gov/standards/iso639-2/php/English_list.php