A língua bantu angolana lwimbi [k12a] e a busca etimológica dos bantuísmos brasileiros

Oziel Marques Silva, Antônio Elias Nascimento, Zavoni Ntondo


According to Grimes (2000), the Lwimbi people are a population estimated at 43.900, located in central area of Angola, on the banks of the Cuanza River, in Bié province. Lwimbi is related to Nkangala and Mbwela and is a part of the Ngangela subgroup. Maniacky (1997) shows Lwimbi as being close to Luchazi and, in particular, Luchazi-Ntunda. The Lwimbi people are bordered geographically in the south by the Chokwe people. This language is characterized by features of the Kimbundu language. It is not true that Mambandi is a language distinct from Lwimbi, for this reason, Lwimbi and its variants are known as Mbandi, or Mbande, at least in the southern part of Bie province. In his PhD thesis (in progress), the author observes the fact that the Lwimbi language is never described by scholars, perhaps because it is usually considered to be a variant of Ngangela variant. The PhD thesis aims to contribute a record of this minority language. The main objective of this article is to highlight the etymologies of Brazilian “Bantuisms”, with a lexicon of approximately 260 words (Angenot & Angenot, 2010).


Lwimbi, “Bantuisms”, cognates.

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Revista Brasileira de Estudos do Contato Linguístico

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