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Lingala

A language of Democratic Republic of the Congo

ISO 639-3lin

Population  2,040,000 in Democratic Republic of the Congo (2000). L2 speakers together with Bangala [bxg] in Democratic Republic of the Congo: 7,000,000 (1999 WA). Population total all countries: 2,141,300.
Region  Widespread in Bandundu, Equateur, and Orientale provinces, southeast Orientale. Also in Central African Republic, Congo.
Language map  Northern Democratic Republic of Congo
Alternate names   Ngala
Dialects  Similar to Lusengo [lse], Bangala. Lexical similarity: 33% with Bobangi [bni].
Classification  Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Bantoid, Southern, Narrow Bantu, Northwest, C, Bangi-Ntomba (C.40), Lusengo
Language use  National language.
Language development  Dictionary. Bible: 1970–2000.
Writing system  Latin script.
Comments  SVO.

Also spoken in:

Congo

Language name   Lingala
Population  90,600 in Congo (2000).
Region  Mainly Brazzaville and north.
Alternate names  Ngala
Language use  National language.
Language development  Literacy rate in L1: 10%–30%. Literacy rate in L2: 25%–75%.