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The term "Kongo" encompasses a group of Bantu dialects, Guthrie's general heading (H10) as well as the subbranch (H16). (Webbook)
Ethnologue lists the classification as: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Bantoid, Southern, Narrow Bantu, Central, H, Kongo (H.10)
Kituba (or Munukutuba or Kikongo ya leta) is listed by Ethnologue as a Kongo-based creole.
According to Ethnologue:
A map from Wikipedia shows areas where Kikongo and Kituba are spoken
According to information compiled from Ethnologue:
Heine (1970) reports that the major dialect distinction is between west and east and the influence of the first languages spoken in each area. Voegelin and Voegelin (1977) report nine dialects of Kikongo, while Lay (personal communication, 1983) reports twelve, with eight in DRC, two in the Congo, and two in Angola. (Webbook)
In its listing for "Koongo," Ethnologue states: Other languages of the Kongo group are sometimes regarded as dialects of Kongo (see separate entries for Beembe, Doondo, Kunyi, Vili, Monokutuba, and Kituba)
SIL International's page on Macrolanguage listings, gives only Koongo, San Salvador Kongo, and Laari under the heading of "Kongo." According to information compiled from Ethnologue (to which we include other related tongues):
Kongo is a literary language and a vehicular language (known as Kituba) used throughout this area of Africa. Kongo is used as a lingua franca in DR Congo and in metropolitan Brazzaville. UNESCO/UNDP has prepared materials for a literacy campaign in Angola. Kikongo is heard on La Voix de la Révolution (Congo) and La Voix du Zaïre. (Webbook) [needs more updating]
According to Ethnologue:
There is a standard Romanized literary orthography, but tones are generally not marked. (Webbook, with modification) [need more info!]
There exists an indigenous script of recent origin called Mandombe which is used mainly in the Kimbaguist church.
Alphabet for Kituba (Congo) as reported by Hartell (1993) and presented in Systèmes alphabétiques: http://sumale.vjf.cnrs.fr/phono/AfficheTableauOrtho2N.php?choixLangue=munukutuba
The "Language Museum" site has sample texts for:
Standard Latin fonts may suffice [verify!]
Universal Declaration of Human Rights:
The Liboke ya Congo project may have some plans for this.
Kongo [SIL, the RA for ISO-639-3, groups kng, kwy, ldi under the "macrolanguage" kon]
Kongo, San Salvador
The numerical importance of Kituba might make it a candidate for localisation. The diversity of Kongo dialects might pose challenges for localisation.
Should Kituba and the Kongo cluster be given separate listings? What about Yombe?
SIL International, Ethnologue: Languages of the World, "Kituba [DRC]," http://www.ethnologue.com/show_language.asp?code=ktu
______, "Kituba [Congo]," http://www.ethnologue.com/show_language.asp?code=mkw
______, "Kongo, San Salvador," http://www.ethnologue.com/show_language.asp?code=kwy
______, "Koongo," http://www.ethnologue.com/show_language.asp?code=kng
______, "Laari," http://www.ethnologue.com/show_language.asp?code=ldi
______, "Yombe," http://www.ethnologue.com/show_language.asp?code=yom
SIL International, "Documentation for ISO 639 identifier: kon," http://www.sil.org/iso639-3/documentation.asp?id=kon
______, "ISO 639 Code Tables," http://www.sil.org/iso639-3/codes.asp
______, "ISO 639-3 Macrolangauge Mappings," http://www.sil.org/iso639-3/macrolanguages.asp
U.S. Library of Congress, "ISO 639.2: Codes for the Representation of Names of Languages: Alpha-3 codes arranged alphabetically by the English name of language," http://www.loc.gov/standards/iso639-2/php/English_list.php
Wikipedia, "Kikongo," http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kikongo
______, "Kituba language," http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kituba_language
______, "Kongo language," http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kongo_language