Pende languages

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Linguistic classification: Niger–Congo
Glottolog: mbal1259[1]

The Pende or Holu languages are a clade of Bantu languages coded Zone L.10 in Guthrie's classification. According to Nurse & Philippson (2003), they form a valid node together with a couple languages from Zone H:

(L10) Pende, SambaHolu, Kwese, (H10) Suundi, (H40) Mbala

Maho (2009) adds Sonde to L10.


  1. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Mbala–Holu–Sondi (K.10)". Glottolog. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 


  • Nurse & Philippson (2003), The Bantu Languages.