Gwere

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A language of Uganda

Alternate Names
Bagwere, Lugwere, Olugwere
Population

621,000 (2014 census), increasing. Census based on tribal affiliation.

Location

Pallisa, Kibuku, and Budaka districts; Bukedea and Mbale districts.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

None known. Lexical similarity: 68% with Ganda [lug], 82% with Lamooji [xog], 79% with Lusiginyi [xog], 77% with Kenye [lke], 64% with Lutenga [xog].

Typology

SVO; lexical and grammatical tone, highly agglutinating, 5 vowels (contrastive vowel lengths), 21 consonants.

Language Use

Very vigorous. Home, village, market, work, church. All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use Ganda [lug]. Used as L2 by Kenye [lke].

Language Development
Taught in primary schools. Literature. Newspapers. Radio. Dictionary. Texts. Bible portions: 2005–2010. Agency: Lugwere Bible Translation and Literacy Association.
Writing

Latin script [Latn], used since 2005, in development.

Other Comments

Christian.

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