Runyakitara language

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Created byUganda
Dateearly 1990s
UsersWritten language taught at university. 5 million speakers of the source languages (2002)[1]
SourcesKiga, Nkore, Nyoro, & Tooro
Language codes
ISO 639-3

Runyakitara[3] is a standardized language based on four closely related languages of western Uganda:

Jouni Filip Maho's 2009 New Updated Guthrie List Online calls it an artificial language,[2] while Ethnologue 23 calls it "standardized" and "hybrid".[4]

The Google interface has been translated into Kitara in February 2010 by the Faculty of Computing and IT, Makerere University. It is also used in the Orumuri newspaper, published by New Vision Group.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Lewis, M. Paul; Gary F. Simons; Charles D. Fennig, eds. (2015). Ethnologue: Languages of the World (18th ed.). Dallas, Texas: SIL International.
  2. ^ a b Jouni Filip Maho, 2009. New Updated Guthrie List Online
  3. ^ Bernsten, Jan (1998-03-01). "Runyakitara: Uganda's 'New' Language". Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development. 19 (2): 93–107. doi:10.1080/01434639808666345. ISSN 0143-4632.
  4. ^ Nyankore at Ethnologue (23rd ed., 2020)
  5. ^ "Orumuri (@Orumuri) | Twitter". Retrieved 2020-05-06.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

Relevant Literature[edit]

  • Tumusiime, James. 2007. Entanda y'omugambi w'Orunyankore-Rukiga. Kampala, Uganda: Fountain Publishers. [a collection of proverbs, entire book is written in the language, with no English]

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