Mangbetu

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Alternate Names
Amangbetu, Kingbetu, Mambetto, Mangbettu, Nemangbetu
Population

620,000.

Location

Bas-Uele province: Poko territory; Haut-Uele province: Niangara, Rungu, Wamba, and Watsa territories; Tshopo province: northeast corner of Banalia territory. Haut-Uele province: Wamba territory (Aberu dialect); Tshopo province: Banalia territory (Popoi dialect).

Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Aberu, Meje (Medje, Meegye), Mangbetu, Makere, Malele, Popoi. Medje dialect has most speakers, and is most widely understood.

Language Use

Many also use Bangala [bxg], but a few have low proficiency. Also use Congo Swahili [swc], especially Popoi and Aberu dialect speakers. Used as L2 by Asoa [asv], Lika [lik].

Language Development
Bible portions: 2006–2007.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

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