Lamba language

From Chalo Chatu, Zambia online encyclopedia
Native toZambia, Democratic Republic of the Congo
EthnicityLamba people
Native speakers
200,000 in Zambia (2010 census)[1]
unknown but smaller number in DRC
Language codes
ISO 639-2lam
ISO 639-3lam

Lamba is a language found in Zambia and is commonly spoken on the Copperbelt by the Lamba people. There are about 210,000 native speakers in the northern parts of Zambia and southern fringes of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Lamba is also spoken in Lusaka, mainly because many speakers have migrated there for jobs. Lamba is a Bantu language. (In fact, "mu ntu" means "one person" in Lamba and "ba ntu" means "two or more people".) Depending on who does the counting, Zambia has between 42 and 78 local languages besides English – see Languages of Zambia for further details. Some people might say Lamba is a dialect of Bemba.

Maho (2009) lists the Lima (Bulima) and Temba varieties as distinct languages.

See also


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  1. Lamba at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015) Template:Subscription required
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  3. Jouni Filip Maho, 2009. New Updated Guthrie List Online