Gwere

Print

A language of Uganda

Alternate Names
Bagwere, Olugwere, oLugwere
Autonym
Lugwere
Population

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

Location

Budaka, Butaleja, Butebo, Kibuku, Mbale, Pallisa, and Sironko districts.

Language Maps
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. NT: 2017. Agency: Lugwere Bible Translation and Literacy Association.
Writing

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

Other Comments

Christian.

Page Views Left: