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(also Ganda), the language of the Baganda; belongs to the Bantu language family. Spoken in Uganda by about 2.5 million people (1970).

The phonetic structure of Luganda is characterized by the presence of two distinctive musical tones, high and low. The grammatical structure is distinguished by a system of concord classes marked by disyllabic prefixes. Locative classes are absent in the modern language. Locative meanings are rendered by a nonconcordant form with the prefix e-. In the sentence, the normal word order is subject-predicate-object. Luganda only recently became a written language.


lakovleva, I. P. lazyk Luganda. Moscow, 1961.
A Luganda Grammar. London, 1954.
Chesswas, I. D. The Essentials of Luganda, 3rd ed. London, 1963.
Snoxall, R. A. Luganda-English Dictionary. Oxford, 1967.


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All interviews held in Luganda and English were taped and transcribed.
His style has not only mixed Luganda with Jamaican ragga lyrics, but it has also consistently kept everyone busy on the dance floor.
On the contrary and not surprisingly, in the ones in Luganda the Baganda represented a very large majority.
I have also discussed the challenges facing Kiswahili such as opposing languages like Luganda in Uganda, major Kenyan languages and of course, sheng'.
In Uganda, generations are named after the political regime in power at the time: mulembe is the Luganda term for generation, and also refers to a political regime.
The film has been translated into English, Swahili, Luganda and Runyakitara.
In 1947, scientists researching yellow fever placed a rhesus macaque in a cage in the Zika Forest (zika meaning "overgrown" in the Luganda language), near the East African Virus Research Institute in Entebbe, Uganda.
Luganda, 2016: (Un)natural disasters: Communicating the linkages between extreme events and climate change.
Gowers, issued a policy statement on language and declared Kiswahili as a language of instruction in schools within regions that previously used Luganda as a language of instruction.
After World War II, the Rockefeller Foundation investigators, looking for a new location to study yellow fever transmission, came across the Zika Forest, an isolated area of dense vegetation and swampland in Eastern Uganda (ziika means overgrown in the Luganda language; the second i was dropped by Europeans).
Mamo is available around the clock and can be accessed in three languages, namely English, Luganda and Runyakitara.