Bwa

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Alternate Names
Boa, Boua, Bua, Kibua, Kibwa, Libenge, Libua, Libwali
Population

200,000 (1994 SIL).

Location

Orientale province: Buta, Bambesa, Banalia, Aketi, and Bondo territories. Buta is center. Kiba is in Banalia territory; Benge and Bati in Aketi and Bondo territories; northeastern Equateur province: on Ubangi river.

Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

Bati (Baati), Benge, Kiba, Leboa-Le, Yewu. Lexical similarity: 90% with Benge and Bati dialects, 80%–85% with Pagibete [pae], 60%–80% with Kango [kty], 60%–65% with Ngelima [agh], 55%–60% with Lika [lik], 48% with Komo [kmw], 43% with Bali [bcp], 37% with Ngombe [ngc], 35% with Budza [bja], 30% with Lingala [lin].

Typology

Some noun classes have suffixes in addition to the usual prefixes.

Language Development
Bible portions: 1938.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Buta and Bambesa territories have similar dialects. Clan names: Bangingita, Bagunzulu, Bokipa. Different from Bua [bub] of Chad.