Lele language (Bantu)

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Native to Democratic Republic of the Congo
Native speakers
unknown (26,000 cited 1971)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 lel
Glottolog lele1265[2]

Lele (also spelled Bashilele, Usilele) is a language spoken mainly in the west edge of the Kasai-Occidental Province, in Ilebo and Tshikapa territories; the extreme east of the Bandundu Province, in Idiofa and Gungu territories of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.


  1. ^ Lele at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Lele (Democratic Republic of Congo)". Glottolog. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  3. ^ Jouni Filip Maho, 2009. New Updated Guthrie List Online