|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.
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 (16th ed., 2009)
- Botswana at Ethnologue
- Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Luyana". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
- Jouni Filip Maho, 2009. New Updated Guthrie List Online
- Bantu Classification, Ehret, 2009.
Note: The Guthrie classification is geographic and its groupings do not imply a relationship between the languages within them.
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