Losengo language

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Losengo
Native to Democratic Republic of the Congo
Native speakers
unknown (70,000 cited 1983–2002)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 lseinclusive code
Individual codes:
bkt – Boloki
ndl – Ndolo
ymg – Yamongeri
C.36[2]

Losengo (Lusengo) is a Bantu language spoken in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It has had a significant effect on Lingala, the most important Bantu language in the two Congos.

Maho (2009) lists the following dialects:[2]

  • Poto (Pfoto), including Yakata
  • Mpesa (Limpesa)
  • Mbudza (cf. the related Budza language)
  • Mangala (Ngala) [the name of the Bangi lingua franca that became Lingala]
  • Loki (Boloki)
  • Kangana
  • Ndolo
  • Yamongeri

References[edit]

  1. ^ Losengo at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
    Boloki at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
    Ndolo at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
    Yamongeri at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  2. ^ a b Jouni Filip Maho, 2009. New Updated Guthrie List Online