Arabic, Sudanese Spoken


A language of Sudan

Alternate Names
Khartoum Arabic, Sudanese Arabic

15,000,000 in South Sudan and Sudan. Population total all countries: 1,833,000.


Widespread as L1 or L2. Also in Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Libya, Saudi Arabia, South Sudan.

Language Status

3 (Wider communication). De facto national working language.


Ja’ali, Khartoum, North Kordofan Arabic, Shukri, Western Sudanese. Western Sudan Spoken Arabic and Khartoum Arabic dialects have little compatibility (Kaye 1988).

Language Use

All domains except written. All ages. Positive attitudes.

Language Development
Radio programs. TV. Dictionary. NT: 1978.
Arabic script. Latin script.
Other Comments

Written form rarely used; Standard Arabic [arb] used instead.

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