Mongo, also called Nkundo or Mongo-Nkundu (Lomongo, Lonkundu), is a Bantu language spoken by several of the Mongo peoples in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Mongo speakers reside in central DR Congo over a large area inside the curve of the Congo River. Mongo is a tonal language.
There are a large number of dialects. Maho (2009) lists one of these, Bafoto (Batswa de l'Equateur), C.611, as a separate language. The others are:
- Kutu (Bakutu), including Longombe
- Bokote, including Ngata
- Konda (Ekonda), including Bosanga-Ekonda
- Ikongo, including Lokalo-Lomela
- Lionje, Nsongo, Ntomba
- Mbole, including Nkengo, Yenge, Yongo, Bosanga-Mbole, Mangilongo, Lwankamba
- South Mongo, including Bolongo, Belo, Panga, Acitu
- Ngombe-Lomela, Longombe, Ngome à Múná
- ^ Mongo at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
- ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Mongo". Glottolog. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.
- ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Bafoto". Glottolog. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.
- ^ a b Jouni Filip Maho, 2009. New Updated Guthrie List Online