Buyu language

Buyu, or Buyi, is a Bantu language of Lake Tanganyika that is closely related to Nyanga.

Native toDemocratic Republic of the Congo
RegionSouth KivuKatanga
Native speakers
10,000 (2002)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3byi

Former ISO coding problemsEdit

A "Bemba" language of South Kivu was listed in Ethnologue 17 as ISO code [bmy].[3] However, the name, Kinyabemba, is the language of the Banyabemba, one of the tribes that speak Buyu. (It is not the Bemba language of Zambia.) "Songa" [sgo][4] is another Buyu-speaking tribe rather than a distinct language. "Buya" [byy] is unidentified, but may be a typo for Buyu. The codes were retired in 2014.


  1. ^ Buyu at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Jouni Filip Maho, 2009. New Updated Guthrie List Online
  3. ^ Bemba at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  4. ^ Songa at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)