16,000 in South Sudan (2013 SIL). Population total all countries: 48,000. L2 users: 4,000 in South Sudan.
West Bahr el Ghazal State; Raga and north through Katta, Kosho and Boro to Kafia Kingi.
5 (Developing). Recognized language (2011, Transitional Constitution Article 6(1)).
Dongo, Gbaya-Dara, Gbaya-Gboko, Gbaya-Ndogo (Kresh-Ndogo), Gbaya-Ngbongbo (Kresh-Hofra), Naka (Kresh-Boro), Orlo (Woro). 8 tribes and dialects. Gbaya-Ndogo is prestigious and understood by all. Naka is largest and also well understood.
SVO; prepositions; genitives, articles, relatives after noun heads; adjectives before, numerals usually before noun heads; CV, V, CCV (CVC rare); 5 tones.
Latin script [Latn].
Different from Gbaya languages in the Niger-Congo family.