Nyoro

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A language of Uganda

Alternate Names
Orunyoro, Runyoro
Population

667,000 (2002 census), increasing.

Location

West, Hoima, Masindi, Kibaale, Kyankwanzi, Kiryandongo, and Buliisa districts, east of Lake Albert.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Orunyoro (Nyoro), Rutagwenda. 73% inherent intelligibility with Gungu [rub]. Hema-Sud [nyo] (Nyoro-Toro) in Democratic Republic of the Congo is quite different. Lexical similarity: 78%–93% with Tooro [ttj], 77% with Nyankore [nyn] and Chiga [cgg], 67% with Nyambo [now] and Zinza [zin], 66% with Haya [hay], 62% with Kerewe [ked].

Typology

SVO

Language Use

Vigorous. Home, market, work. All ages. Positive attitudes.

Language Development
Literacy campaign in progress (2012). Taught in primary schools. Poetry. New media. Radio programs. Films. Dictionary. Grammar. Bible: 1912.
Writing
Latin script, used since 1978.
Other Comments

Standardized form of the western languages (Nyankore-Chiga and Nyoro-Tooro) is called Runyakitara. It is taught at the University and used in internet browsing, but is a hybrid language. Christian, traditional religion, Muslim.