Lendu

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Alternate Names
Bale, Baledha, Balendru, Baletha, Batha, Bbadha, Bbaledha, Hema-Nord, Kihema-Nord, Kilendu
Autonym
Ndrulo
Population

L1 users: 750,000 (1996 SIL). Total users in all countries: 768,900.

Location

Ituri province: Djugu territory, west and northwest of Lake Albert.

Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Djadha (Jidha), Tadha, Pidha, Ddralo (Ddradha), Njawlo (Njawdha). Tadha is standard dialect. Djadha is largest and is used for literature. Jidha is the variety of the Bagegere (Northern Hema) who have adopted Lendu.

Language Use

Spoken as L1 by people from 4 ethnic backgrounds: Lendu, Hema-North, Alur, and Okebu. Also use Congo Swahili [swc].

Language Development
NT: 1936–1989.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Distinct from the Bale dialect of Ngombe [ngc]. Christian.

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