Luganda Epapers

Luganda is the major language of Uganda, spoken by over sixteen million Ganda and other people mainly in Southern Uganda, including the capital Kampala. It is a highly agglutinating language with subject–verb–object word order and nominative–accusative morphosyntactic alignment. It belongs to the Bantu branch of the Niger–Congolanguage family. Luganda is a tonal language, with three tones: high (á), low (à) and falling (â). The five vowels in Luganda are spelt with the same letters as in many other languages. Like the grammars of most Bantu languages, Luganda's grammar can be said to be noun-centric in the sense that most words in a sentence agree with a noun. Agreement is by gender and number. Luganda verbs are inflected for person, number, tense, mood and the gender of the subject and, if present, object.