Kango

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Alternate Names
Dikango, Kango Pygmy, Kikango, Likango, “Dibatchua” (pej.), “Kibatchua” (pej.)
Population

L1 users: 2,000 (1998 T. Harvey).

Location

Tshopo province: Bafwasende territory, Bakundumu and Bemili collectivités.

Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

2 dialects. Lexical similarity: 78% with Komo [kmw], 72% with Bila [bip], 60% with Bali [bcp], 50% with Lika [lik].

Typology

5 vowels.

Language Use

Many also use Lingala [lin]. Also use Bali [bcp], Congo Swahili [swc].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 1%.
Other Comments

The language is evidently a combination of Komo and Bali, with some borrowings from the Bila-based pygmy language. Different from the riverine Kango [kty] to the north, who are fishermen. Those who attend school complete standard 1 or 2 classes. Traditional religion.

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