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Nyole

A language of Uganda

ISO 639-3nuj

Population  341,000 (2002 census).
Region  Southeast, Tororo District.
Language map  Uganda, reference number 25
Alternate names   Lunyole, Nyule, Nyuli
Dialects  Menya (Lumenya), Hadyo (Luhadyo), Sabi (Lusabi), Wesa (Luwesa). Lexical similarity: 70%–80% with Saamia [lsm], 82% with the Lugwe dialect of Saamia, 67% with Ganda [lug], 61% with Nyore [nyd] of Kenya.
Classification  Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Bantoid, Southern, Narrow Bantu, Central, J, Masaba-Luyia (J.30)
Language use  Vigorous. There is a Lunyole Language Association. Also use some Ganda.
Language development  Taught in primary schools. Radio programs. Dictionary. Bible portions: 2006.
Writing system  Latin script.
Comments  SVO. Peasant agriculturalists.