Bembe language (Ibembe)

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Native toDR Congo, Tanzania
RegionLake Tanganyika
Native speakers
(250,000 in DRC cited 1991)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3bmb

Bembe (Ebembe) is a Bantu language of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Western Tanzania. According to Ethnologue, it forms a dialect continuum with the Lega language through Mwenga Lega. It has connection with the Bembe (Kibembe) language of the Republic of Congo.


  1. ^ Bembe at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Bembe". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ Jouni Filip Maho, 2009. New Updated Guthrie List Online