A language of Uganda

Alternate Names
Bwissi, Kitalinga, Lubwisi, Lubwissi, Mawissi, Olubwisi

68,500 in Uganda (2002 census), increasing. Population total all countries: 99,400.


Democratic Republic of the Congo border, Bundibugyo District, Bwamba county, southwest of Fort Portal, between Albert and Edward lakes. Also in Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Language Status

5 (Developing).


68% inherent intelligibility with Tooro [ttj]. Lexical similarity: 73% with Tooro [ttj], 72% with Nyoro [nyo], 40% with Nande [nnb].


SVO; CV, V; tonal

Language Use

Home, some churches, market, if both are Babwisi. All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use Tooro [ttj].

Language Development
Taught in primary schools. Poetry. Radio programs. Bible portions: 2004–2010.
Latin script, used since 2000.
Other Comments

Glossonym: Bwisi in Uganda, Talinga in Democratic Republic of the Congo. Different from Bwisi of Congo and Gabon. Christian, Muslim.

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