Lobala

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Population

60,000 (2000 D. Morgan). Very few monolinguals.

Location

Equateur Province, Sud Ubangi district, Kungu territory; Equateur district, Bomongo territory, Dongo northeast road and to Mokusi village; Dongo road south following Ubangi river, and forest south and west.

Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

Likoka, Poko, South Lobala, Tanda. Most similar to Bomboma [bws] and Libinza [liz]. Lexical similarity: 65% with Lingala [lin].

Language Use

Parents in the forest and some along the Ubangi River pass on Lobala to children. Bomboli [bml] use Lobala as L2. Literacy classes, religious services, oral use in commerce. Positive attitudes. Also use Lingala [lin], especially along the Ubangi River.

Language Development
Bible portions: 1993–1995.
Writing
Latin script.