Acholi (also Acoli, Shuli, Gang, Lwo) is a language primarily spoken by the Acholi people in the districts of Gulu, Kitgum and Pader, a region known as Acholiland in northern Uganda. Acholi is also spoken in the southern part of the Opari District of Sudan. As of 1996 there were reported approximately 773,800 Acholi speakers in the world. However this has gradually grown to over 800,000.Song of Lawino & Song of Ocol, well known among African literature, were written in Acholi by Okot p'Bitek. ...more on Wikipedia about "Acholi language"
The Ateso language (also known as Teso, Iteso, or any of various other names) is a language of Uganda. Ateso is spoken by the Iteso ethnic group and is classified as a Nilo-Saharan language. ...more on Wikipedia about "Ateso language"
Dhopadhola is the language of the Jopadhola (aka Badama) ethnic group in Uganda. Dhopadhola is mutually intelligible (more or less) with Acholi language, Lango language, Kumam language and Alur language of Uganda and Dholuo language of Kenya.
The prefix dho means "language of". It can be attached to a nationality or speech community to imply the language of such a people. jo means "people of". The infix pa means possessive 'of'. ...more on Wikipedia about "Dhopadhola"
The Elgon languages are languages of the Southern Nilotic Kalenjin family spoken in the Mount Elgon area in western Kenya and eastern Uganda. According to the Ethnologue, there are two main Elgon languages: Kupsabiny (spoken by about 120 000 people) and Sabaot (spoken by about 134 000 people). Sabaot is a common name assumed by various related peoples, including the Kony, Pok, and Bong'om (after whom the Western Kenyan town of Bungoma is named), whose respective languages are considered separate languages by Rottland (1982). ...more on Wikipedia about "Elgon languages"
Kinyarwanda is the chief spoken language in Rwanda. It is also spoken in the east of DRC and in the south of Uganda (Bufumbira-area). Kinyarwanda is a tonal language of the Bantu language family ( Guthrie D61). Kinyarwanda is closely related to Kirundi spoken in the neighboring country, Burundi and to Giha of western Tanzania. ...more on Wikipedia about "Kinyarwanda language"
Kirundi (also written Rundi) is a Bantu language (D62 in Guthrie's classification) spoken by some 6 million people in Burundi and adjacent parts of Tanzania and Congo-Kinshasa, as well as in Uganda. 85% of the speakers are Hutu, 15% are Tutsi. ...more on Wikipedia about "Kirundi language"
(Languages of Uganda) == ==Notes and references== ...more on Wikipedia about "Languages of Uganda"
Luganda, also known as Ganda, is a Bantu language and is spoken mainly in the Buganda region of Uganda by a population of over three million people. With 100,000 second language speakers, it is the most widely spoken second language in Uganda next to English. The language is used in some primary schools in Buganda as pupils begin to learn English, the official language of Uganda. ...more on Wikipedia about "Luganda language"
Luhya (also Luyia, Luhia) is a group of Bantu languages spoken in the western part of Kenya by the Luhya people residing between Lake Victoria, Uganda and Mount Elgon. The Luhya area extends into Uganda, where closely related languages like Masaba and Nyole are found. ...more on Wikipedia about "Luhya languages"
Lusoga is a Bantu language spoken in the Busoga region of Uganda by approximately 1 500 000 people. ...more on Wikipedia about "Lusoga language"
Masaba, (Lumasaaba) sometimes Lugisu, after one of its dialects, is a Bantu language spoken by about 750,000 people in eastern Uganda in the administrative region of Bugisu on the border to Kenya. The language is closely related to, and mutually intelligible with Bukusu, spoken in western Kenya. Its speakers, formerly known as the Bagisu, prefer to be called Bamasaba. Masaba is the local name of Mount Elgon. Like other Bantu languages, Masaba has a large set of prefixes used as noun classifiers. This is similar to how gender is used in many Germanic and Romance languages, except that instead of the usual two or three, there is around eighteen different noun classes, most of them rather only generally defined. The language is tonal and has a quite complex verb morphology. ...more on Wikipedia about "Masaba language"
The Nubi language (also called Ki-Nubi) is a Sudanese Arabic-based creole language spoken in Uganda around Bombo and Kenya around Kibera by the descendants of Emin Pasha's Sudanese soldiers, settled there by the British. It was spoken by about 15,000 people in Uganda in 1991 (according to the census), and an estimated 10,000 in Kenya; another source estimates about 50,000 speakers as of 2001. 90% of the lexicon derives from Arabic, but the grammar has been massively simplified, as has the sound system. ...more on Wikipedia about "Nubi language"
Nyoro language (autonym: Runyoro) is a local language of Nyoro in Uganda. It belongs to the Niger-Congo family, Benue-Congo subgroup, Bantu branch (Nyoro-Ganda group). Ethnologue code: NYR, ISO 639-2: nyo. Has probably two dialects: Orunyoro and Rutagwenda. A standardized orthography was established in 1947. ...more on Wikipedia about "Nyoro language"
Oropom (or Oworopom, Oyoropom, Oropoi) is an almost certainly extinct African language, once spoken in northeastern Uganda and northwestern Kenya between the Turkwel River, Chemorongit Mountains, and Mount Elgon, by the Oropom ethnic group. It is very little-known; there appears to be only one article containing any original research on the language (Wilson 1970), which only a handful of other articles discuss. The Wilson article furnishes only a short word list (though it says that "the process of collection is still going on"), and it was written at a time when the language was nearly extinct. It was based mainly on the limited memories of two very old women, one "a child of one of the residual Oropom families that had remained after the break-up of the Oropom here ( Matheniko county)" who "remembered a few words of the language", the other an old lady called Akol "descended from the prisoners taken by the Karimojong on the Turkwel" who was "able to furnish many Oropom words." Under the circumstances, it goes without saying that only the barest details of the language could be ascertained, and indeed some linguists have expressed scepticism as to whether it ever even existed. ...more on Wikipedia about "Oropom language"
Pökoot (also known as Pokot, Päkot, Pökot and in older literature as Suk) is a language spoken in western Kenya and eastern Uganda by the Pokot people. Pökoot is classified as the Northern branch of the Kalenjin languages found in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. The Pökoot are usually called Kimukon by the other Kalenjin peoples. A 1994 figure of SIL puts the total number of speakers at 264 000, while the only little more recent Schladt (1997:40) gives the more conservative estimate of 150 000 people, presumably based on the figures found in Rottland (1982:26) who puts the number at slightly more than 115 000. ...more on Wikipedia about "Pökoot language"
Swahili (also called Kiswahili; see below for a discussion of the nomenclature) is a Bantu language widely spoken in East Africa. Swahili is the mother tongue of the Swahili people who inhabit a 1500 km stretch of the East African coast from southern Somalia to northern Mozambique. ...more on Wikipedia about "Swahili language"
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