Kele language (Congo)

Native to Democratic Republic of the Congo
Region Kisangani
Ethnicity Kele people
Native speakers
(160,000 cited 1980)[1]
  • Foma
Language codes
ISO 639-3 khyinclusive code
Individual code:
fom  Foma
Glottolog kele1255[2]
C.55, 56[3]

The Kele language, or Lokele, is a Bantu language spoken in the Democratic Republic of the Congo by the Kele people.

Foma (Lifoma) is a dialect.[4]


  1. Kele at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
    Foma at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Kele (Democratic Republic of Congo)". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: 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

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