Asoa language

Native to Congo (DRC)
Region Ituri forest
Ethnicity Asua
Native speakers
26,000 (2000)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 asv
Glottolog asoa1238[2]

Asoa, also known as Asua, Asuae, Asuati, or Aka, is a Central Sudanic language spoken by the Mbuti Pygmies known as the Asua. It is closely related to the Mangbetu language, and the Asua live in association with the Mangbetu people, among others. It is the only distinctive Pygmy language in the east.


  1. ^ Asoa at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Asoa". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.