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Spoken in Zambia Zambia
Democratic Republic of the Congo Democratic Republic of the Congo
Total speakers 4,208,940
Language family Niger-Congo
Official status
Official language in Zambia Zambia (regional language)
Regulated by No official regulation
Language codes
ISO 639-1 None
ISO 639-2 bem
ISO 639-3 bem

The Bemba language, Chibemba, also known as Cibemba, Ichibemba, Icibemba and Chiwemba, is a Bantu language that is spoken primarily in Zambia by the Bemba people and about 18 related ethnic groups. It is the second-most spoken lanuage in Zambia, after Nyanja. The noun class prefix 'chi-' indicates languages and the prefix 'ba-' indicates people, so 'Babemba' also means the Bemba people. The other close tribe is the Bisa people living in Mpika and Lake Bangweulu areas.

Chibemba is also spoken, to a lesser extent, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tanzania, and Botswana.

It is an SVO language, and is also a tonal language.

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