Ngombe

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Alternate Names
Lingombe
Population

150,000 (Welmers 1971a).

Location

Mongala province and adjacent parts of Sud-Ubangi and Equateur provinces. Widespread along both sides of the Congo River, possibly some in Tshopo province.

Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

Libale (Bale, Wiindza-Baali), Doko. Reportedly similar to Bwela [bwl] (Lingi). Lexical similarity: 78% with the Benza (Binja) dialect of Ligenza [lgz]; 40% with Lingala [lin], Pagibete [pae], and Ngelima [agh]; 37% with Bwa [bww].

Language Use

Some also use Pagibete [pae], for trading. Also use Lingala [lin]. Used as L2 by Pagibete [pae].

Language Development
Radio. Videos. Grammar. Texts. NT: 1915–1956.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Different from Ngombe [nmj] in Central African Republic.

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