A language of Uganda

Alternate Names
Acoli, Acooli, Akoli, Atscholi, Dok Acoli, Gang, Log Acoli, Lwo, Lwoo, Shuli

1,170,000 in Uganda (2002 census), increasing. 12,100 speakers of Dhopaluo (Ladefoged, Glick, and Criper 1972), 20,600 ethnic Chope (2002 census). Population total all countries: 1,197,000.


North; Kitgum; Gulu, Amuru, Lamwo, Nwoya, Adjumani, and Pader districts. Also in South Sudan.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).


Dhopaluo (Chope, Chopi), Nyakwai. Reported intelligibility with Lango [laj], Kumam [kdi], Dhopadhola [adh], but percentages unknown. Lexical similarity: with Lango [laj], Kumam [kdi], Dhopadhola [adh].


16 consonants, 9 vowels (but only 5 written); tonal

Language Use

Home, market, church, office. Most are young. Positive attitudes. Also use English [eng] and Kiswahili [swh].

Language Development
Taught in primary schools. Taught in secondary schools, as a subject. Poetry. Newspapers. Radio programs. Films. Dictionary. Bible: 1986.
Latin script, used since 1947.
Other Comments

Christian, Muslim.

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