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(Kiluba, Chiluba), the language of the Baluba; belongs to the Bantu language family. Luba is spoken in the central and southern regions of the Republic of Zaire by about 3.2 million people (1970, estimate). There are more than 20 dialects (the main dialects are Lulua, Sango, Kaonde, Hemba, Kiluba, and Tshiluba).

The phonetic structure of Luba is characterized by the presence of four distinctive musical tones, vowel harmony, and nasal sonants. The grammatical structure is characterized by concordial classes, which are marked by monosyllabic prefixes. The Luba class system includes augmentative, diminutive, and locative classes with a strictly maintained concord that is rarely observed in other Bantu languages.


Burssens, A. Manuel de Tshiluba (Kasayi, Congo Beige). Antwerp, 1946.
Clercq, A. de. Dictionnaire Luba. Leopoldville, 1936-37.
Becket, H. W. Handbook of Kiluba (Luba-Katanga). Mulongo (Katanga-Congo), 1951.
Avermaert, E. Dictionnaire Kiluba-Franæais. Tervaren, 1954.
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Lubas and her colleagues provide an overview of many current issues in library cataloging.
Fire Chiefs Mike Singer and Larry Hambleton were on hand to accept the donation, which Lubas requested be used to upgrade the station's defibrillator system.
My father's life was saved by a defibrillator,'' Lubas said.
11 went to New York, Lubas wanted to keep the proceeds from the comedy show in his own community.
Mr Lubas, of Lubas Medical in Cardiff, accepted screening all sports people at every level for heart problems was unrealistic and suggested better first aid training could help in emergency situations.
SO LUCKY WE WERE THERE' LUBAS Medical responded to an emergency of their own on Sunday, when they helped save the life of a man who had suffered a cardiac arrest while driving.
Thankfully, the Lubas Medical team had all their equipment, including a defibrillator, in their four-wheel-drive as they were on their way to provide support at the match.
Mr Lubas said: "We were able to shock him and get his heart beating again - the ambulance turned up soon after.
Paul and Yvonne Lubas, whose daughter Clare, 21, also suffers from cerebral palsy, said: 'We have already raised over pounds 5,000 but anyone willing to sponsor us can.
Baxendale was born, December 16, 1917, in Northbridge, a daughter of Peter and Caroline (Klocek) Lubas, and was a lifelong resident.
In one of the worst such incidents, Luba fighters attacked a camp of