Lugbara

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A language of Uganda

Alternate Names
High Lugbara, Lubarati
Population

797,000 in Uganda (2004), increasing. 90,800 in Vurra, 171,000 in Ayivu, 146,000 in Maracha, 158,000 in Terego, 95,500 in Madi Okollo, 42,400 in Arua Municipality, 93,800 in Koboko. Population total all countries: 1,637,000.

Location

West Nile, Maracha, Arua, Yumbe and Koboko districts.

Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Arua (Standard Lugbara), Maracha, Terego (Omugo). Lexical similarity: 93% with Maracha and Terego dialects, 87% with Arua and Terego dialects, 80% with Arua dialect and Ogoko Southern Madi [snm], 76% with Arua dialect and Okollo Southern Madi [snm] (1992 SIL).

Language Use

Vigorous. Home, work, markets. All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use English [eng], Swahili [swh]. Used as L2 by Alur [alz], Southern Ma’di [snm].

Language Development
Literacy campaign in progress (2012). Taught in primary schools. Taught in secondary schools, as a subject. Poetry. Radio programs. Films. Dictionary. Bible: 1966.
Writing

Latin script [Latn], used since 1922.

Other Comments

Christian, Muslim.

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