Hemba language

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Native toDemocratic Republic of the Congo
RegionKatanga province
EthnicityHemba people
Native speakers
180,000 (2000)[1]
  • Yazi
Language codes
ISO 639-3hem
L.34, L.202[3]

Hemba (Emba), also known as Eastern Luba, is a Bantu language of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It is spoken by the Hemba people. Yazi may be a dialect.


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