Dinka, Northeastern

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A language of South Sudan

Alternate Names
Padang, White Nile Dinka
Population

320,000 (1986 UBS). 7,200 Abialang, 9,000 Dongjol, 2,500 Luac, 16,000 Ngok-Sobat, 20,000 Jok, 13,500 Ageer, 2,000 Rut, 400 Thoi.

Location

Upper Nile State, Renk, Melut, and Baliet counties; Jonglei 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.

Dialects

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].

Language Use

All domains. All ages. Positive attitudes.

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