The only name for the language as a whole, 'Ngoya', was originally pejorative, though it is becoming increasingly accepted. 'Kibala' is the Umbundu name for the central dialect, Ipala. 'Bolo' is a peripheral dialect.
The dialects of this language are Ipala, Hebó, Ucela, Mbwĩ, Bolo and Sende.
Note: The Guthrie classification is geographic and its groupings do not imply a relationship between the languages within them.
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