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Masaaba

A language of Uganda

ISO 639-3myx

Population  1,120,000 (2002 census). Ethnic population: 953,936.
Region  East, Mbale and Sirinko districts, adjacent to Mount Elgon.
Language map  Uganda, reference number 22
Alternate names   Gisu, Lugisu, Lumasaaba, Masaba
Dialects  Dadiri (North), Buya (Central, South). Intelligibility with Dadiri and Buya 83%. Central and Southern varieties of Buya 93%. Lexical similarity: 62% with Saamia [lsm], 52% with Isukha [ida], 50% with Logooli [rag].
Classification  Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Bantoid, Southern, Narrow Bantu, Central, J, Masaba-Luyia (J.30)
Language use  Vigorous. All domains. All ages. Positive attitude. Also use English, Ganda [lug], or Swahili [swh].
Language development  Literacy rate in L1: Very low. Little or no literacy training in Masaaba, but an orthography guide has been published. Taught in primary schools. Radio programs. NT: 1977–1992.
Writing system  Latin script.
Comments  Ludadiri is the Northern variety; Lubuya is comprised of the Central and Southern varieties. Agriculturalists: bananas, sweet and Irish potatoes, cabbage, tomatoes, onions, Arabica coffee; cattlemen; traders; gatherers of bamboo shoots from Mt. Elgon. Christian.
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