Yaka language (Congo–Angola)

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Not to be confused with the Aka language of the Aka people, which is also known as Yaka, or with Yaka language (Congo)
Native to Democratic Republic of the Congo, Angola
Ethnicity Yaka
Native speakers
900,000 (2000)[2]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 Variously:
yaf – Kiyaka
noq – Ngoongo
ppp – Pelende (duplicate code)[1]
lnz – Lonzo (duplicate code)[1]
Glottolog yaka1269[3]

Yaka, also spelled Iaca and Iyaka, is a Bantu language spoken in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Angola. There are two dialects, Yaka proper, which comprises 99% of speakers, and Ngoongo (distinguish West Ngongo language).[4] The alleged varieties Pelende and Lonzo are political rather than ethnolinguistic entities.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Hammarström (2015) Ethnologue 16/17/18th editions: a comprehensive review: online appendices
  2. ^ Kiyaka at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
    Ngoongo at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
    Pelende (duplicate code)[1] at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
    Lonzo (duplicate code)[1] at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  3. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Yaka (Democratic Republic of Congo)". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  4. ^ a b Jouni Filip Maho, 2009. New Updated Guthrie List Online
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