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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



(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.


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Snoxall, R. A. Luganda-English Dictionary. Oxford, 1967.


The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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(1) All quoted speech in this article is based on recorded interviews transcribed and translated from Luganda by George Mpanga.
But an interfaith coffee cooperative called Mirembe Kawomera, which translates as "Delicious Peace" in the local language of Luganda, is aiming to combat the threat of religious violence and poverty at the same time.
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(27) The cleric's speeches were translated into Kiswahili and other local languages, as well as Luganda, a widely spoken language in Uganda.
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Despite her university qualification in an applied field and knowledge of English, French, Swahili, and Luganda, she was unable to find work.
The parents of all participants were fully informed about the purposes and limitations of the study and provided a written consent in either Luganda or English.
Languages: English (official); Luganda and numerous other local languages.