ISBN 978-3-89645-848-3


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Edited by: Nico Nassenstein, Janika Kunzmann. Series edited by: Heike Drotbohm, Franziska Fay, Matthias Krings, Nico Nassenstein, Anja Oed, Markus Verne.

Series: MBA Mainzer Beiträge zur Afrikaforschung Volume 47

3rd quarter 2024
315 pp.
4 maps, 2 photos, 5 illustrations, and numerous tables
Format: 170 x 240 mm
680 g
€ 59.80 (preliminary quotation)

Lingala (classified as Bantu language C30b) is the most widely used lingua franca in large parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Republic of Congo, as well as in their border zones. While many of the major Bantu languages have been thoroughly researched in recent decades, this book is, to date, the first collection of wide-ranging contributions shedding light on the Central African contact language. Renowned scholars in the field provide in-depth studies on the historical background of Lingala, a language that emerged at the end of the 19th century, and on its political and social instrumentalization in contemporary Congolese history. They study its regiolectal and sociolectal variation, increasing geographical spread, indexicalities and social meaning, as well as its relationship with its closest linguistic relative Bangala (classified as Bantu language C30a). Further topics covered include morphosyntactic and pragmatic features of Lingala, contact between Lingala and Sango, and contact settings between Bangala, Zande, Arabic and Swahili. The transdisciplinary direction taken by this edited volume offers perspectives on central themes in Lingala song lyrics, highlighting its role in Congolese popular culture, and also examines graphic novels published in the language. Going beyond the often prescriptive works by missionaries and more recent descriptive works by current scholars on Lingala and Bangala, this diverse collection reflects the multifaceted and vivid contexts in which the language is used, implemented, and further popularized.


Table of contens / Table des matieres

Michael Meeuwis


Janika Kunzmann and Nico Nassenstein

Bringing research perspectives together in the study of Lingala: A synopsis

Michael Meeuwis

The dissociation of Lingala from Bangala in historical perspective: A prolegomenon to the study of present-day northeastern Bangala

Shuichiro Nakao

On varieties of Bangala in early colonial Congo Basin

Xavier Luffin

Contacts between Bangala, Swahili, Zande and Arabic in Congo and the Lado Enclave, early 20th century

Helma Pasch and Germain Landi

Lingala loanwords in Sango

Nico Nassenstein

Lingala in the northeast: Contact-induced change and regional variation in Ituri Province

Jacky Maniacky et Guy Noël Kouarata

Quelques spécificités du lingala de Brazzaville

Janika Kunzmann

Passive and functionally equivalent constructions in the contact language Lingala

Joshua Castillo

“Langue ya pouvoir”: Imposing, opposing, and navigating Lingala in Shaba (Katanga) – 1965-1997

Klaudia Dombrowsky-Hahn

Lingala’s indexicalities in the diaspora: Linguistic repertoires of mobile Congolese in the Rhine-Main Region

André Motingea Mangulu

Le lingala des milieux de l’Eglise catholique aujourd’hui : analyse d’une interview accordée à la RTCE par les chantres d’une chorale a Kinshasa-N’djili

Paulin Baraka Bose

Lingala among armed groups and youth gangs in the Kivu provinces: Notes on its function and status

Anja Oed

“Tolingi kaka eye ezali sembo / We just want what is right”: The graphic novel Debout Congolais! / Arise Congolese! as a Lingala-language medium of political education and resistance

Clémentine Nkongolo and Hauke Dorsch

Bolingo eponi ekolo te – Lingala lyrics in the Congolese music single collection of the African Music Archives

Philippe Nzoimbengene

Marqueurs du discours en lingála : entre pragmatique et grammaire


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