Bwa

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

L1 users: 200,000 (1994 SIL).

Location

Bas-Uele province: Aketi, Bambesa, Bondo, and Buta territories; Tshopo province: Banalia territory; Nord-Ubangi province: northeastern, on Ubangi river, Buta is center; Bas-Uele province: Aketi and Bondo territories (Benge and Bati dialects), Tshopo province: Banalia territory (Kiba dialect).

Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

Leboa-Le, Yewu, Kiba, Benge, Bati (Baati). 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 Use

Also use Lingala [lin] (Boone and Olson 2004).

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.

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