Lendu

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Alternate Names
Bale, Balendru, Baletha, Batha, Bbadha, Bbaledha, Hema-Nord, Kihema-Nord, Kilendu
Population

750,000 in Democratic Republic of the Congo (1996 SIL). Population total all countries: 761,100.

Location

Orientale Province, Ituri district, Djugu territory, west and northwest of Lake Albert.

Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Ddralo (Ddradha), Djadha (Jidha), Njawlo (Njawdha), Pidha, Tadha. Tadha is standard dialect. Djadha is largest and is used for literature. Jidha is the variety of the Bagegere (Northern Hema) who have adopted Lendu.

Language Use

Spoken as L1 by people from 4 ethnic backgrounds: Lendu, Hema-North, Alur, and Okebu. Also use Congo Swahili [swc].

Language Development
NT: 1936–1989.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Distinct from the Bale dialect of Ngombe [ngc]. Christian.

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