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Lika

A language of Democratic Republic of the Congo

ISO 639-3lik

Population  60,000 (1989 SIL). 57,000 in Wamba District, 3,000 in Rungu District.
Region  Orientale Province, Upper-Uele District, Wamba Territory, Balika-Toriko Collectivité; Rungu Territory, Mongomasi Collectivité.
Language map  Northern Democratic Republic of Congo
Alternate names   Kilika, Kpongo, Mabiti, Toriko
Dialects  Likó (Ikó), Lilikó, Liliká (Liká). Lexical similarity: 65%–70% with Bomokandi Kango, 55%–60% with Pagibete, Bwa, and Uélé Kango, 52% with Bali, 51% with Ngelima, 46% with Komo, 40% with Bhele, Bila, and Bera, 30% with Budu [buu], 25% with Lega languages and Lingala [lin].
Classification  Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Bantoid, Southern, Narrow Bantu, Central, D, Lega-Kalanga (D.20)
Language use  Also use Swahili [swc] in south Wamba zone, Bangala [bxg], the Meje dialect of Mangbetu [mdj], or Budu.
Language development  Bible portions: 2006.
Writing system  Latin script.
Comments  Ethnic groups: Mabiti and Maliko. 2 secondary schools, 15 primary schools, but Lika is not used in the schools. Agriculturalists: coffee, manioc, peanuts, bananas, palm oil, rice, papaya, pineapple, sugarcane, sweet potatoes, yams, eggplant; animal husbandry: poultry; fishermen. Christian, Muslim.