Kele language (Congo)

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Native to Democratic Republic of the Congo
Region Kisangani
Ethnicity Kele people
Native speakers
(160,000 cited 1980)[1]
  • Foma
Language codes
ISO 639-3 khyinclusive code
Individual code:
fom – Foma
Glottolog kele1255[2]
C.55, 56[3]

The Kele language, or Lokele, is a Bantu language spoken in the Democratic Republic of the Congo by the Kele people.

Foma (Lifoma) is a dialect.[4]


  1. ^ Kele at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
    Foma at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Kele (Democratic Republic of Congo)". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  3. ^ Jouni Filip Maho, 2009. New Updated Guthrie List Online
  4. ^ Hammarström (2015) Ethnologue 16/17/18th editions: a comprehensive review: online appendices

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