Ngbaka Minagende language

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Ngbaka Minagende
Ngbaka Gbaya
Native toDemocratic Republic of Congo
Native speakers
1.02 million (2000)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3nga

Ngbaka (Ngbàkà) is a Gbaya language spoken by just over a million people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It is a regionally important language, used by the Gilima, Ngbundu, Mbandja and Mono peoples, and is taught in primary schools; 10% are literate in Ngbaka.

Ngbaka is a common local ethnic name; the language may be distinguished from other languages called "Ngbaka" as Ngbaka Gbaya or Ngbaka Minagende.

There are no significant dialectal differences within Ngbaka, and it may be mutually intelligible with members of the Manza dialect cluster.


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

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