A language of Uganda

Alternate Names
Ma’adi, Ma’aditi, Madi, Ma’di Ti

296,000 in Uganda (2002 census), increasing. Numbers probably include Southern Madi speakers. Total users in all countries: 314,000.


Adjumani, Moyo, and Yumbe districts; some in Amuru district; west and east Nile regions, near Nimule, north Sudan border.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).


Moyo, Adjumani (Oyuwi). Lexical similarity: 89% with Moyo and Oyuwi Ma’di dialects, 85% with Oyuwi and Ogoko Southern Ma’di [snm], 80% with Moyo and Ogoko Southern Ma’di, 78% with Moyo and Aringa [luc], 76% with Oyuwi and Aringa, 64% between Moyo and Okolli Southern Ma’di, and 59% between Oyuwi and Okollo Southern Ma’di (Boone and Watson 1999).



Language Use

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

Language Development
Literacy campaign in progress. Taught in primary schools. Poetry. Radio programs. Films. Grammar. NT: 1977.

Latin script [Latn], used since 1938, revised in 2002.

Other Comments

Christian, Muslim.

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