Bookkeeping: Bemba (Democratic Republic of Congo)

This entry has been retired and is featured here only for bookkeeping purposes. Either the entry has been replaced with one or more more accurate entries or it has been retired because it was based on a misunderstanding to begin with.

Bemba [bmy] is listed in E16/E17 as an Unclassified Bantu language of South Kivu province in the DRC. A more precise location is not given. It is difficult to interpret this entry as anything other than a duplication of the Bembe [bmb] entry -- a relatively well-known Bantu language of the Lega complex in South Kivu province ( van Bulck, Gaston [Vaast] 1952: 48 , Hulstaert, Gustaaf 1950: 31 , Biebuyck, Daniel P. 1973 ). The population of Bemba [bmy] is given as 296 000 which is a plausible figure if it refers to Bembe [bmb], and there is absolutely no sign of a different Bemba language of such a large population in Kivu province ( Kadima, Kamuleta 1983: 34-37 , Moeller, A. 1936 ). The alternative name Kinyabemba for Bemba [bmy] suggests that the information on Bemba [bmy] came from transient Bembe in Rwanda and therefore the equality with Bembe [bmb] may have been overlooked. See also: Bembe [bmb].

Retired in ISO 639-3: Retire

  • Change request: 2014-031
  • ISO 639-3: bmy
  • Name: Bemba (Democratic Republic of Congo)
  • Reason: non-existent
  • Effective: 2015-01-12
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