Gwere language

Gwere, or Lugwere, is the language spoken by the Gwere people (Bagwere), a Bantu people found in the eastern part of Uganda. It has a close dialectical resemblance to Soga and Ganda, which neighbour the Gwere.

Gwere
(O)lugwere
Native toUganda
RegionEastern Region
EthnicityBagwere
Native speakers
410,000 (2002 census)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3gwr
Glottologgwer1238
JE.17[2]

Gwere, though closest in dialect to its eastern neighbours, also has many words similar to those used by tribes from the western part of Uganda. For example, musaiza (a man) resembles mushiiza used by the western languages with the same meaning.

The Ruli, a somewhat distant people living in central Uganda, speak a language that has almost exactly the same words used in Lugwere, but with a very different pronunciation.

Orthography and alphabetEdit

  • a - a - [ɑ]
  • aa - aa - [ɑː]
  • b - ba - [β]
  • bb - bba - [b]
  • c - ca - [c]
  • d - da - [d]
  • e - e - [e]
  • ee - ee - [eː]
  • f - fa - [f]
  • g - ga - [g]
  • i - i - [i]
  • ii - ii - [iː]
  • j - ja - [ɟ]
  • k - ka - [k]
  • l - la - [l]
  • m - ma - [m]
  • n - na - [n]
  • ny - nya - [ɲ]
  • ŋ - ŋa - [ŋ]
  • o - o - [o]
  • oo - oo - [oː]
  • p - pa - [p]
  • r - ra - [r]
  • s - sa - [s]
  • t - ta - [t]
  • u - u - [u]
  • uu' - uu - [uː]
  • v - va - [v]
  • w - wa - [w]
  • y - ya - [j]
  • z - za - [z][3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Gwere at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Jouni Filip Maho, 2009. New Updated Guthrie List Online
  3. ^ Gwere, Omniglot.
  • Akinlabi, Akinbiyi (1995). Theoretical approaches to African linguistics. Africa World Press. ISBN 0-86543-463-8.