Lia-Ntomba language

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Bolia, Lia
Native toDemocratic Republic of the Congo
RegionLake Tumba, Lake Mai-Ndombe
Native speakers
(100,000 Ntomba cited 1980)[1]
100,000 Lia (2000)
Language codes
ISO 639-3Either:
nto – Ntomba
bli – Bolia

Ntomba and Lia (Bolia) are closely related Bantu languages of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, close enough to be considered dialects of a single Lia-Ntomba language.

The related Mongo language also has varieties called Ntomba or Ntumba.


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