Bamwe

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Population

20,000 (1983 census).

Location

Sud-Ubangi province: Kungu territory, Mwanda collectivité, Ngiri river upper reaches Bomole, Botunia, Libobi, Lifunga, Likata, Lokutu, Mondongo, and Moniongo villages between Limpoko and Sombe villages.

Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

Lifonga, Likata, Libobi. All village dialects are mutually intelligible. Reportedly similar to Dzando [dzn] and Ndolo [ndl].

Language Use

Most also use Lingala [lin], except oldest women. Many women speak only market Lingala.

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 30%–50% in Lingala [lin].
Writing

Unwritten [Qaax].

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