Lamba language

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This article is about the Bantu language. For the Lama language spoken by the Lamba people of Togo, see Lama language.
Lamba
Ichilamba
Native to Zambia, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Region Copperbelt
Ethnicity Lamba people
Native speakers
200,000 in Zambia  (2010 census)[1]
unknown but smaller number in DRC
Language codes
ISO 639-2 lam
ISO 639-3 lam
Glottolog lamb1271[2]
M.54,541,542[3]

Lamba is a language found in Zambia and is commonly spoken in the Copperbelt. There are about 210,000 native speakers in the northern parts of Zambia and southern fringes of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Lamba is also spoken in Lusaka, mainly because many speakers have migrated there for jobs. Lamba is a Bantu language. (In fact, "mu ntu" means "one person" in Lamba and "ba ntu" means "two or more people".) Depending on who does the counting, Zambia has between 42 and 78 local languages besides English – see Languages of Zambia for further details. Some people might say Lamba is a dialect of Bemba. Though the two languages share many words, they are not as close as say Cockney and Haitian Creole are to English or French.

Maho (2009) lists the Lima (Bulima) and Temba varieties as distinct languages.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lamba at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Lamba". Glottolog. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  3. ^ Jouni Filip Maho, 2009. New Updated Guthrie List Online