Mbaka language

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Ngbaka Ma'bo
Native toCAR, Republic of Congo
Native speakers
(200,000 cited 1984–2000)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3Either:
nbm – Ngbaka Ma’bo
gix – Gilima

The Mbaka or Bwaka language, Ngbaka Ma'bo (also called Gbaka, Ma'bo, Ngbwaka, Ngbaka Limba) is a major Ubangian language spoken by the Mbaka people of CAR and Congo.

It's not clear how distinct the Gilima variety is, or whether it should be considered a separate language.


  1. ^ Ngbaka Ma’bo at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
    Gilima at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Bwaka". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.