Kiga is a Great Lakes Bantu language spoken by about 2.3 million people in the Western Region of Uganda, particularly in the districts of Kabale, Kanungu, Kibaale, Kisoro, Ntungamo and Rukungiri. It is closely related to Nkore (Nyankore), which is also spoken by many Kiga speakers. Some linguists classify Kiga and Nkore as dialects of a single language they call Nkore-Kiga.
Kiga is also known as Bachiga, Bahororo, Bakiga, Chiga, Ciga, Nkore, Nkore-Kiga, Oluchiga, Orukiga, Rukiga or Ruchiga. Dialects include: RuNyaifwe-Hororo, RuSigi, RuNyangyezi and RuHimba.
Kiga is taught in schools, and used in literature and newspapers, and on the radio. A standarized version of western dilaects, known as Runyakitara, is taught in universities and used online.
Information about the Kiga alphabet supplied by Wolfram Siegel
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