Losengo language

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Losengo
Native to Democratic Republic of the Congo
Native speakers
(67,000 cited 1983–2002)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 lseinclusive code
Individual codes:
bkt – Boloki
ndl – Ndolo
ymg – Yamongeri
Glottolog luse1252  (Lusengo)[2]
ndol1238  (Ndolo)[3]
bolo1262  (Boloki)[4]
C.36[5]

Losengo (Lusengo) is a Bantu language spoken in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It has had a significant effect on Lingala, the most important Bantu language in the two Congos.

Maho (2009) lists the following dialects:[5]

  • Poto (Pfoto), including Yakata
  • Mpesa (Limpesa)
  • Mbudza (cf. the related Budza language)
  • Mangala (Ngala) [the name of the Bangi lingua franca that became Lingala]
  • Loki (Boloki)
  • Kangana
  • Ndolo

(Yamongeri, however, is a variety of Mongo.)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Losengo at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
    Boloki at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
    Ndolo at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
    Yamongeri at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Lusengo". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  3. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Ndolo". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  4. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Boloki". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  5. ^ a b Jouni Filip Maho, 2009. New Updated Guthrie List Online