Pende language

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Native to Democratic Republic of Congo
Region Bandundu Province
Ethnicity Pende people
Native speakers
(420,000 cited 1991)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 pem
Glottolog phen1239[2]
Person Muphende
People Baphende
Language Giphende

Pende (Phende) is a Bantu language of the Congo. Giphende is spoken in Bandundu Province, in Gungu and Idiofa districts. The Bapende used to call themselves Akwa Nzumba (in Kasai), Akwa Thunda (in Gungu), or Akwa Mbongo (in Idiofa).


  1. ^ Pende at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Phende". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  3. ^ Jouni Filip Maho, 2009. New Updated Guthrie List Online