Nyole

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A language of Uganda

Alternate Names
Lunyole, Nyule, Nyuli
Population

341,000 (2002 census), increasing.

Location

Butaleja, Budaka, Mbale, Tororo, Bugiri, Namutumba, and Pallisa districts.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Menya (Lumenya), Hadyo (Luhadyo), Sabi (Lusabi), Wesa (Luwesa). Lexical similarity: 70%–80% with Saamia [lsm], 82% with the Lugwe dialect of Saamia, 67% with Ganda [lug], 61% with Nyore [nyd] of Kenya.

Typology

SVO.

Language Use

Vigorous. Home, market, work, church. All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use Ganda [lug].

Language Development
Taught in primary schools. Poetry. Radio programs. Dictionary. Bible portions: 2006–2009. Agency: Lunyole Language Association.
Writing

Latin script [Latn], used since 2003.

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