A language of South Sudan

Alternate Names
Atwot, Thok Cieng Reel, Thok Reel

50,000 (1998). The Kuek and Jikeyi have many monolinguals and are regarded as having the purest form of the language (SIL).


Lakes state: south Yirol West county; Ciec Dinka [dib] language area is north near Panekar; Agar Dinka [dib] language area west near Lake Nyibor; Jur Modo [bex] south; and Ador Dinka [dib] east near Yirol.

Language Maps
Language Status

6a (Vigorous).


Cieng Luai, Cieng Nhyam. Lexical similarity 77% with Nuer [nus]; 49% with Dinka languages.

Language Use

All domains. All ages. Positive attitudes. 80% also use South Central Dinka [dib].


Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Live among and are culturally Dinka; 100 km from the Nuer, but have common grazing grounds with them. Subtribes: Apak, Luac, Jilek, Jikey (Rorkec), Akot, and Kuek. Ethnonym: Atuot by the Dinka. Cieng Luai dialect spoken by Luac, Jilek, and Akot; Cieng Nhyam spoken by Kuek and Jikeyi.