Ngbaka

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Alternate Names
Ngbaka Gbaya, Ngbaka Minangende
Population

1,010,000 in Democratic Republic of the Congo (2000). Population total all countries: 1,016,650. 600,000 monolinguals.

Location

Equateur Province, Gemena territory area. 850 villages.

Language Status

4 (Educational).

Dialects

Dialect differences are minor. Related to Gbaya languages of Central African Republic and Cameroon.

Language Use

Vigorous. All domains. All ages. Positive attitudes. 5% also use French [fra]. 33% also use Lingala [lin]. Used as L2 by Gilima [gix], Mbandja [zmz], Mono [mnh], Ngbundu [nuu].

Language Development
Possibly 150,000 read Ngbaka; 100,000 can write it. Taught in primary schools. Bible: 1995.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Ngbaka is a different language from Ngbaka Ma’bo [nbm]. Christian, traditional religion.

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