Ngbandi, Northern

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Alternate Names
Baza, Mongwandi, Ngwandi
Population

250,000 in Democratic Republic of the Congo (2000 SIL). Population total all countries: 250,290. 75,000 monolinguals.

Location

Equateur Province, Nord-Ubangi district, Businga, Mobayi-Mbanza and Yakoma territories; Orientale Province, Bondo territory.

Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

2 dialects, about equal in size. Sango [sag] is derived from Ngbandi.

Language Use

Vigorous. Some speakers of other languages use it for trade in border areas. All domains. Oral use in some churches. Oral literature. Positive attitudes. 70% also use Lingala [lin]. Used as L2 by Bolondo [bzm], Pagibete [pae], Yango [yng].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 8%. 20,000 read; 5,000 can write. NT: 1988.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Ethnic groups: Abasango, Bwato, Mbaati, and Nzomboy (Monjomboli). Christian.