Lika

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Alternate Names
Kilika, Kpongo, Liko, Mabiti, Maliko, Toriko
Population

L1 users: 60,000 (1989 SIL). 57,000 in Wamba Territory, 3,000 in Rungu Territory.

Location

Haut-Uele province: Rungu territory, Mongomasi collectivité; Wamba territory, Balika-Toriko collectivité.

Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Likó (Ikó), Lilikó, Liliká (Liká). Lexical similarity: 65%–70% with Bomokandi Kango [kty]; 55%–60% with Pagibete [pae], Bwa [bww], and Uélé Kango [kty]; 52% with Bali [bcp]; 51% with Ngelima [agh]; 46% with Komo [kmw]; 40% with Bhele [bhy], Bila [bip], and Bera [brf]; 30% with Budu [buu]; 25% with Lega languages and Lingala [lin].

Language Use

A few also use Bangala [bxg]. Also use Budu [buu]. Also use Congo Swahili [swc], especially in south Wamba zone. Also use Mangbetu [mdj], particularly the Meje dialect.

Language Development
Bible portions: 2006–2009.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

2 secondary schools, 15 primary schools, but Lika is not used in the schools. Christian, Muslim.

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