Dinka, Northeastern


A language of South Sudan

Alternate Names
Padang, White Nile Dinka

320,000 (1986 UBS).


Upper Nile state: Renk, Melut, and Baliet counties; Jungoli state: Khor Fulus and Fangak counties.

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Language Status

4 (Educational). Recognized language (2011, Transitional Constitution, Article 6(1)), primary education, literacy efforts.


Abiliang (Akoon, Bawom, Bowom, Dinka Ibrahim), Ageer (Abuya, Ageir, Ager, Beer, Niel, Nyel, Paloc, Paloic), Dongjol, Luac (Luaic), Ngok-Sobat (Jok, Ngork), Rut, Thoi. Lexical similarity: 92% with Northwestern Dinka [diw], 88% with Southwestern Dinka [dik] and Southeastern Dinka [dks], 86% with South Central Dinka [dib]. A member of macrolanguage Dinka [din].

Language Use

All domains. All ages. Positive attitudes.

Language Development
Some literacy materials produced. Taught in primary schools. NT: 1952.

Latin script [Latn].