Lugbara

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A language of Uganda

Alternate Names
High Lugbara, Logbara, Lubarati, Western Lugbara
Autonym
Lugbarati
Population

L1 users: 1,100,000 (2014 census), increasing. Census based on tribal affiliation. Total users in all countries: 1,940,000.

Location

Arua, Koboko, Nyadri and Yumbe districts.

Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Arua (Standard Lugbara), Maracha, Terego (Omugo). Lexical similarity: 93% with Maracha and Terego dialects, 87% with Arua and Terego dialects, 80% with Arua dialect and Ogoko Southern Madi [snm], 76% with Arua dialect and Okollo Southern Madi [snm] (1992 SIL).

Language Use

Vigorous. Home, work, markets. All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use English [eng], Swahili [swh]. Used as L2 by Alur [alz], Southern Ma’di [snm].

Language Development
Literacy campaign in progress (2012). Taught in primary schools. Taught in secondary schools, as a subject. Literature. Radio. Videos. Dictionary. Texts. Bible: 1966.
Writing

Latin script [Latn], used since 1922, revised in 2010.

Other Comments

Christian, Muslim.

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