|Native to||Zambia; immigrants in Namibia, Angola|
|unknown (undated figure of 410,000, including Mbowe, Kwandi, etc.)|
Luyana (Luyaana), also known as Luyi (Louyi, Lui, Rouyi), is a Bantu language spoken by almost half a million people in Zambia and in discontinuous areas of Namibia and Angola. It appears to be an divergent lineage of Bantu.
Ethnologue lists Kwandi, Mbowe, Mbume, and possibly Kwangwa ("Kwanga") as dialects. Maho (2009) classifies these as distinct languages; it is not clear if any of them are part of the divergent Luyana branch of Bantu, or if they are Kavango languages.
- Luyana at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
- Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Luyana". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.
- Jouni Filip Maho, 2009. New Updated Guthrie List Online
- Bantu Classification, Ehret, 2009.
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