Buyu language

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Native to Democratic Republic of the Congo
Region South KivuKatanga
Native speakers
10,000  (2002)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 byi
Glottolog buyu1239[3]

Buyu, or Buyi, is a Bantu language language of Lake Tanganyika that is closely related to Nyanga.

ISO coding problems[edit]

A "Bemba" language of South Kivu is listed in Ethnologue as ISO code [bmy].[4] However, it is unlikely to exist. The name, Kinyabemba, is the language of the Banyabemba, one of the tribes that speak Buyu. (It is not the Bemba language of Zambia.)

"Songa" [sgo][5] is another Buyu-speaking tribe rather than a distinct language.

There was an attempt to remove these codes from ISO in 2012, but this only resulted in removing the cited population of "Bemba", which had been a clerical error,[6] and adding a note that these "languages" probably duplicate Buyu.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Buyu at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  2. ^ Jouni Filip Maho, 2009. New Updated Guthrie List Online
  3. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Buyu". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  4. ^ Bemba at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  5. ^ Songa at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  6. ^ [1]