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Rundi

A language of Burundi

ISO 639-3run

Population  4,600,000 in Burundi (1986). Population total all countries: 4,851,000.
Region  Also in Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda.
Alternate names   Kirundi, Urundi
Dialects  Ikibo, Ikirundi, Ikiragane, Igisoni, Ikinyabweru, Ikiyogoma, Ikimoso (Urumoso). Dialects Hutu and Tutsi of Rwanda [kin] are similar to Rundi. The Twa dialect is distinct, but all are inherently intelligible and also intelligible with the Kinyarwanda dialect of Rwanda.
Classification  Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Bantoid, Southern, Narrow Bantu, Central, J, Rwanda-Rundi (J.60)
Language use  Official language. Hima is an ethnic group speaking Rundi or Rwanda. Some also use Swahili [swh].
Language development  Literacy rate in L1: 55%. Bible: 1967.
Writing system  Latin script.
Comments  Ethnic groups: Hutu 80%–85%, Tutsi 14%–15%, Twa (Gesera, pygmy) 1% (30,000; 1972 Barrett). Christian, traditional religion, Muslim. Twa: Traditional religion, Christian.

Also spoken in:

Uganda

Language name   Rundi
Population  101,000 in Uganda (1991 census).
Region  Most in Buganda.
 
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