Talinga-Bwisi

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A language of Uganda

Alternate Names
Bwissi, Kitalinga, Lubwisi, Lubwissi, Mawissi, Olubwisi, Talinge
Autonym
Bwisi
Population

101,000 in Uganda (2014 census), increasing. Census based on tribal affiliation. Total users in all countries: 131,900.

Location

Bundibugyo district: Bwamba county, southwest of Fort Portal, between Albert and Edward lakes; Democratic Republic of the Congo border.

Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

None known. 68% inherent intelligibility with Tooro [ttj]. Lexical similarity: 73% with Tooro [ttj], 72% with Nyoro [nyo], 40% with Nande [nnb].

Typology

SVO; CV, V; tonal.

Language Use

Home, some churches, market, if both are Babwisi. Used by all. Positive attitudes. Also use English [eng], Tooro [ttj]. Used as L2 by Amba [rwm].

Language Development

Taught in primary schools. Literature. Radio. Dictionary. Texts. NT: 2015.

Writing

Latin script [Latn], used since 2000.

Other Comments

Different from Bwisi of Congo and Gabon. Christian, Muslim.

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