Luyana language

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Native to Zambia; immigrants in Namibia, Angola
Region Okavango River
Native speakers
480 Luyana proper in Zambia (2010 census)[1]
perhaps 7,500 in Botswana (no date; not clear if Luyana proper)[2]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 lyn
Glottolog luya1241[3]

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.[5]

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.[4]


  1. ^ Luyana at Ethnologue (16th ed., 2009)
  2. ^ Botswana at Ethnologue
  3. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Luyana". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  4. ^ a b Jouni Filip Maho, 2009. New Updated Guthrie List Online
  5. ^ Bantu Classification, Ehret, 2009.

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