Lala-Bisa language

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Not to be confused with Lala language (South Africa) or Bissa language.
Lala-Bisa
Biza-Lala
Native to Zambia, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Region Copperbelt
Native speakers
580,000 in Zambia  (2006)[1]
unknown but smaller number in DRC
Dialects
Ambo (Mbo)
Luano
Swaka
Bisa (Ichibisa, Wiza)
Lala (Ichilala)
Language codes
ISO 639-3 leb
Glottolog lala1264[2]
M.51–53,521–522[3]

Lala-Bisa is a Bantu language of Zambia that is closely related to Bemba.

Swaka dialect is divergent, and sometimes classified as a separate language (Nurse 2003). Maho (2009) lists Biisa (Wisa), Lala, Ambo, Luano, and Swaka as distinct languages, with Ambo and Luano closest to Lala.

References[edit]

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