Bembe language (Ibembe)

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Not to be confused with Bembe (Kibembe) language or Bemba language.
Native to DR Congo, Tanzania
Region Lake Tanganyika
Native speakers
250,000 in DRC  (1991)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 bmb
Glottolog bemb1255[2]

Bembe (Ibembe) is a Bantu language of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Western Tanzania. According to Ethnologue, it forms a dialect continuum with the Lega language through Mwenga Lega. It has no connection with the Bembe (Kibembe) language of the Republic of Congo.


  1. ^ Bembe at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Bembe". Glottolog. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  3. ^ Jouni Filip Maho, 2009. New Updated Guthrie List Online