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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