Dinka, Northeastern


A language of South Sudan

Alternate Names
Padang, White Nile Dinka

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.


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

Language Maps
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].

Language Use

All domains. All ages. Positive attitudes.

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