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Lobala

A language of Democratic Republic of the Congo

ISO 639-3loq

Population  60,000 (2000 D. Morgan). Very few monolinguals.
Region  Equateur Province, Sud Ubangi and Equateur districts, Kungu and Bomongo territories, Dongo northeast road and to Mokusi village; Dongo road south following Ubangi River, and forest south and west.
Language map  Northern Democratic Republic of Congo
Dialects  Poko, South Lobala, Tanda, Likoka. Most similar to Bomboma [bws], Libinza [liz]. Lexical similarity: 65% with Lingala [lin].
Classification  Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Bantoid, Southern, Narrow Bantu, Northwest, C, Bangi-Ntomba (C.40)
Language use  Parents in the forest and some along the Ubangi River are passing on Lobala to children. Bomboli [bml] use Lobala as L2. Literacy classes, religious services, oral use in commerce. Positive attitude. Also use Lingala, especially along the Ubangi River.
Writing system  Latin script.
Comments  Fishermen; cocoa.