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Nyoro

A language of Uganda

ISO 639-3nyo

Population  667,000 (2002 census).
Region  West, Hoima, Masindi, Bundibugyo, Kamwenge, and Kibale districts, south and southeast of Lake Albert.
Language map  Uganda, reference number 26
Alternate names   Runyoro
Dialects  Rutagwenda, Orunyoro (Nyoro). 73% inherent intelligibility with Gungu [rub]. Hema-Sud [nyo] (Nyoro-Toro) in Democratic Republic of the Congo is quite different. Lexical similarity: 78%–93% with Tooro [ttj], 77% with Nyankore [nyn] and Chiga [cgg], 67% with Nyambo [now] and Zinza [zin], 66% with Haya [hay], 62% with Kerewe [ked].
Classification  Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Bantoid, Southern, Narrow Bantu, Central, J, Nyoro-Ganda (J.10)
Language use  In Hoima and Masindi districts. Vigorous. Home, market, work. All ages. Also use English, Chiga, Tooro, or Ganda [lug].
Language development  Literacy campaign in progress. Taught in primary schools. Newspapers. Radio programs. Grammar. Bible: 1912.
Writing system  Latin script.
Comments  Animal husbandry: cattle; fishermen; agriculturalists: millet, sorghum, plantains, sweet potatoes, beans, pumpkins, cowpeas, cassava, peanuts, cotton, tobacco; hunters. Christian, traditional religion, Muslim.
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