South Banda language

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South Banda
Native to Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Native speakers
200,000 (1996)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 Either:
lnl – South Central Banda
lna – Langbashe
Glottolog sout2786[2]

South Banda is a dialect continuum of the Banda languages spoken by around 200,000 or so people, primarily in the Central African Republic but with ten thousand or so in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (6,000 as of the 1984 census). The two varieties may be mutually intelligible.


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