Ngombe language (Central African Republic)

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Not to be confused with Ngombe language (Bantu).
Native to Central African Republic
Native speakers
12,000 (2010 census)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 nmj
Glottolog (insufficiently attested or not a distinct language)
ngom1265  (extensive bibliography)[2]

Ngombe (also called Ba(n)gando-Ngombe or Ngombe-Kaka) is a language spoken by a some ten thousand people clustered around Mambéré-Kadéï Prefecture in the Central African Republic on the Cameroonian border.


Ngombe is one of the Baka languages of the Ubangian family.[3] It had previously been misclassified[4] as one of the Gbaya languages.[5]


  1. ^ Ngombe at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Ngombe". Glottolog. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  3. ^ Bouquiaux, Luc & Jacqueline M. C. Thomas. 1980. Le peuplement oubanguien. In Luc Bouquiaux, Larry M. Hyman & Jan Voorhoeve (eds.), L'expansion bantoue, vol. 3. Paris: SELAF.
  4. ^ Boyeldieu, Pascal and Cloarec-Heiss, France. 1986. Dialectometrie lexicale dans le domaine oubangien. In Guarisma, Gladys and Möhlig, Wilhelm J. G. (eds.), La méthode Dialectometrique appliquée aux languages africaines, 331--393. Berlin: Dietrich Reimer Verlag.
  5. ^ E.g. in Barreteau, Daniel & Yves Moñino. 1978. Les langues oubanguiennes. In Daniel Barreteau (ed.), Inventaire des études linguistiques sur les pays d'Afrique noire d'expression française et sur Madagascar. Paris: Conseil international de la langue française.