Ngbinda language

Ngbinda is a poorly documented Congolese Bantu language of uncertain affiliation (though listed as unclassified Zone D.30 by Guthrie). Prior to 1975 it had also been spoken in southern Sudan.

The Mayeka are a Ngbinda clan, but do to lack of evidence, it is not possible to determine whether Mayeka and Ngbinda should be considered the same language. An ISO proposal to merge the two languages into a single code was rejected due to the lack of linguistic evidence.[4][5]

Native toDemocratic Republic of the Congo
Native speakers
25,000 (2002–2004)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3Either:
nbd – Ngbinda
myc – Mayeka


  1. ^ Ngbinda at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
    Mayeka at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Ngbinda–Mayeka". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ Jouni Filip Maho, 2009. New Updated Guthrie List Online
  4. ^ Hammarström (2015) Ethnologue 16/17/18th editions: a comprehensive review: online appendices
  5. ^ "ISO 639 code change request documentation". Retrieved 2018-01-12.

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