|Native to||Zambia; immigrants in Namibia, Angola|
|480 Luyana proper in Zambia (2010 census)|
perhaps 7,500 in Botswana (no date; not clear if Luyana proper)
Luyana (Luyaana), also known as Luyi (Louyi, Lui, Rouyi), is a Bantu language spoken in Zambia and perhaps in small numbers in neighboring countries. It appears to be an divergent lineage of Bantu. It is spoken by the Luyana people, a subgroup of the Lozi people.
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.
The Luyana consonant system has approximately 25 phonemes. The consonant inventory of the language is shown below.
|Plosive||p b||t̪ d̪||k ɡ|
- Luyana at Ethnologue (16th ed., 2009)
- Botswana at Ethnologue
- Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Luyi". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
- Jouni Filip Maho, 2009. New Updated Guthrie List Online
- Bantu Classification Archived 2012-06-24 at the Wayback Machine, Ehret, 2009.
- https://www.ethnologue.com/language/lyn Luyana | Ethnologue
- Jacottet, E. 1896
- "Luyana sound inventory (PH)". phoible.org. Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 2014. Retrieved February 26, 2018.
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