Ngombe language (Bantu)

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Ngombe
Lingombe
Native to DR Congo
Native speakers
unknown (150,000 cited 1971)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 ngc
Glottolog ngom1268[2]
C.41[3]

Ngombe, or Lingombe, is a Bantu language spoken by about 150,000 people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In general, native speakers live on either side of the Congo river, and its many tributaries; more specifically, Équateur Province, Mongala District and in areas neighboring it (Sud Ubangi and Équateur districts). Like English, Ngombe is written in Latin script.[4]

Ngombe includes several dialects in addition to Ngombe proper (Ŋgɔmbɛ). These are Wiindza-Baali, Doko (Dɔkɔ), and Binja (also rendered Binza, Libindja, or Libinja). The latter is not the same as the Binja/Binza language. Binja dialect is primarily spoken in Orientale Province and Aketi Territory, and shares about three-quarters of its linguistic characteristics with standard Ngombe.[4] Maho (2009) lists Doko as a distinct language in a separate group.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ngombe at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Ngombe (Democratic Republic of Congo)". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  3. ^ Jouni Filip Maho, 2009. New Updated Guthrie List Online
  4. ^ a b Lewis, M. Paul (ed.) (2009). "Ngombe". Ethnologue: Languages of the World, Sixteenth edition (online). Dallas, Tex.: SIL International. Retrieved September 3, 2010.