Lese language

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Native to Congo (DRC)
Region Ituri forest
Native speakers
70,000  (1991)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 Either:
les – Lese
efe – Efe

Lese is a Central Sudanic language of northeastern Congo, as well as a name for the people who speak this language. The Lese people, who live in association with the Efé Pygmies, share their language, which is also occasionally known as Lissi or Efe.

Although Efe is given a separate ISO code, Bahuchet (2006) notes that it is not even a distinct dialect, though there is dialectical variation in the language of the Lese (Dese, Karo).


  1. ^ Lese at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
    Efe at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  • Serge BAHUCHET, 2006. "Languages of the African Rainforest « Pygmy » Hunter-Gatherers: Language Shifts without Cultural Admixture."[1] In Historical linguistics and hunter-gatherers populations in global perspective. Leipzig.