Luba-Kasai

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Alternate Names
Luba-Lulua, Luva, Tshiluba, Western Luba
Population

6,300,000 (1991 UBS).

Location

Widespread in Kasaï-Occidental and Kasaï-Oriental provinces.

Language Status

2 (Provincial). Statutory provincial language in Kasai Region (2006, Constitution, Article 1(8)).

Dialects

Significant dialect differences between East Kasai region (Baluba people) and West Kasai region (Bena Lulua people). Similar to Hemba [hem].

Language Use

700,000 L2 speakers.

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: Over 60% among Christians. Dictionary. Grammar. Bible: 1927–1996.
Writing
Latin script.
Other Comments

Christian.