Dinka, South Central

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A language of South Sudan

Alternate Names
Agar, Central Dinka
Population

250,000. 2,000 Aker, 2,000 Thany, 22,000 Ciec, 25,000 Gok (Tucker and Bryan 1956).

Location

Lakes State.

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Language Status

4 (Educational). Language of recognized nationality (2011, Transitional Constitution, Article 6(1)).

Dialects

Agar, Aliap (Aker, Aliab, Thany), Ciec (Ador, Ajak, Chiech, Cic, Ciem, Kwac), Gok (Cok, Gauk). Gok dialect was influenced by Southwestern Dinka [dik]. Lexical similarity: 90% with Southeastern Dinka [dks].

Language Use

All domains. All ages. Positive attitudes.

Language Development
Taught in primary schools. Bible portions: 1866–2011.
Writing
Latin script.