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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.


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Becket, H. W. Handbook of Kiluba (Luba-Katanga). Mulongo (Katanga-Congo), 1951.
Avermaert, E. Dictionnaire Kiluba-Franæais. Tervaren, 1954.
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25 from Ticketmaster--a $100 difference that, Luba likes to point out, is enough to buy a pair of tickets for another show, with money left over for gas to get there.
In deft narrative leaps between past and present, we follow the story of Luba in Gilbert's twin Palomar classics, the tellingly titled "Human Diastrophism" (collected in Blood of Palomar, Volume 8) and Poison River (Book 12).
We spent two years redesigning this program -- working with faculty, working with administrators, working with students, working with potential students," says director of distance learning Tom Luba,"and we identified things that we really thought both appealed to potential students and also provided a level of quality.
The trend for legume consumption was towards an increase in the consumption of ful masri (black eyed beans), addas (lentils), and fasoulia beida (baked beans) and a decrease in that of luba hilo, luba affin and (peanuts)ful sudani (total average change [+ or -] 29.
These dramatic drawings are the work of Luba Lukova, a native of Bulgaria, who has lived in New York since 1991.
I enjoyed seeing mention in the March issue of "Missa Luba," the recording of African voices singing the Latin liturgy and, on the flipside of the 33-rpm record, African-language hymns.
The faculty will also include Laura Alonso, Thom Clower, Armando Duarte, Lyn Elam, Luba Gulyaeva, David Howard, Sara de Luis, John Magnus, Bruce Marks, Les, Je Jane Pessimier, Jon Rodriguez, Ben Stevenson, Violette Verdy, and Gennadi Vostrikov.
To the surprise of many observers, LUBA invalidated the ordinance, finding it violated two statewide planning goals.
Separately, the local homebuilders association is challenging before the state Land Use Board of Appeals, or LUBA, the city's decision not to expand the boundary for new housing.