Ngombe language (Bantu)
|Native to||DR Congo|
|unknown (150,000 cited 1971)|
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.
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. Maho (2009) lists Doko as a distinct language in a separate group.
- Ngombe at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
- Jouni Filip Maho, 2009. New Updated Guthrie List Online
- 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.
- Lewis, M. Paul (ed.) (2009). "Ngombe". Ethnologue: Languages of the World, Sixteenth edition (online). Dallas, Tex.: SIL International. Retrieved September 3, 2010.
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