Gungu

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A language of Uganda

Alternate Names
Lugungu, Rugungu
Population

49,000 (2002 census), increasing.

Location

West, in Buliisa, Hoima, and Masindi districts, Lake Albert northeast shore; down the Rift valley and hills above.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

58% or lower inherent intelligibility with Tooro [ttj]. Nyoro [nyo] is most similar. Lexical similarity: 75% with Nyoro [nyo].

Typology

SVO; genitives, adjectives, relatives after noun heads; question word final; word order distinguishes subject and object; subject agreement obligatory, object agreement optional; tonal

Language Use

Home, church. Positive attitudes. Also use some Nyoro [nyo], Alur [alz].

Language Development
Taught in primary schools. Poetry. New media. Radio programs. Films. Bible portions: 1998–2009.
Writing
Latin script, used since 2006.
Other Comments

Christian.