Lwalu language

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Native to Democratic Republic of the Congo
Region Kasai-Occidental province
Native speakers
unknown (21,000 cited 1971)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 lwa
Glottolog lwal1238[3]

Lwalu, also known as Lwalwa, is a Bantu language of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Its classification is uncertain: Nurse (2003), following Ahmed (1995), assigns all of Guthrie's L.20 languages to Luban, including Lwalu. Ehret, however, places it as a distant relative of many of the Zone B and C languages.[4]

Maho (2009) lists L.22 Mbagani (which has no ISO code) as closely related. Mbagani is also called Binji, and has been confused in the literature with the Binji language. Ethnologue labels the area Maho assigns to Mbagani as Songe.


  1. ^ Lwalu at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  2. ^ Jouni Filip Maho, 2009. New Updated Guthrie List Online
  3. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Lwalu". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  4. ^ Bantu Classification, Ehret, 2009.