Ruuli

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A language of Uganda

Alternate Names
Luduuli, Ruli, Ruluuli, Ruluuli-Runyala, Rurulim
Population

160,000 (2002 census), increasing. Ethnic population: 140,000 Baruli, 21,000 Banyara (2002 census).

Location

Central, west of Lake Kyoga area, Nakasongola (mainly), Masindi, Luwero, and Kayunga districts.

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Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Dialects

Runyala. Nakasongola (east) influenced by Ganda [lug], in Kiryandongo (west) by Nyoro [nyo]; Nyala dialect influenced by Soga (xog). Lexical similarity: 71% with Nyoro [nyo], 70% between Eastern Ruli and Ganda [lug].

Typology

5 vowels, 21 consonants, tonal

Language Use

Vigorous. Home, market, church. All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use Ganda [lug], Swahili [swh], Nyoro [nyo], Lango [laj], or English [eng].

Language Development
Taught in primary schools. Poetry. Radio programs. Bible portions.
Writing
Latin script, used since 2010.
Other Comments

Christian.