A language of South Sudan

Alternate Names

420,000 in South Sudan (2000). Population total all countries: 480,000. L2 users: 175,000 in South Sudan (2013 SIL).


Central Equatoria state: Juba, Kajo Keji, and Lainya counties; both banks of the Nile, south of Terakeka on west bank, Mongalla on east bank, to Kajo Kaji escarpment.

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Language Status

3 (Wider communication).Regional language chosen for development by Rejaf Conference 1928.


Bari, Kuku, Ligo (Liggo), Nyangbara (Nyambara, Nyangwara), Nyepu (Ngyepu, Nyefu, Nyepo, Nypho), Pöjulu (Fadjulu, Fajelu, Madi, Pajulu). Lexical similarity: 86% with Bari and Nyepu dialects, 85% with Bari and Pöjulu, 81% with Bari and Kuku, 80% with Bari and Nyangbara, 71% with Mundari [mqu], 73% with Kakwa [keo].

Language Use

All domains. All ages. Positive attitudes. Used as L2 by Kakwa [keo], Keliko [kbo], Ma’di [mhi], Mandari [mqu], Olu’bo [lul].

Language Development
Taught in some primary schools. Dictionary. Grammar. Bible: 1979.

Latin script [Latn], used since 1927.

Other Comments

Ethnic Bari in Democratic Republic of the Congo now speak a dialect of Logo [log] and not Bari.

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