Ng’akarimojong

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A language of Uganda

Alternate Names
Karamojong, Karimonjong, Ng’akaramojong
Population

736,000 (2002 census), increasing. 260,000 Karamojong, 147,000 Jie and 329,000 Dodoth.

Location

East and northeast, Moroto, Napak, Kaabong, Nakapiripirit, Kotido, Kitgum, Abim, Kapchorwa, and Sironko districts.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Bokora, Dodoth (Dodoth), Jie (Jiye), Matheniko, Napore, Pian. Dialects correspond with sub-tribes of Karimojong and have very high mutual intelligibility. Lexical similarity: 83%–95% between dialects, 85% with Turkana [tuv], 75% with Teso [teo].

Typology

VSO; highly inflectional; grammatical tone; vowel harmony; voiceless vowels.

Language Use

Home, market. All ages. Positive attitudes. Used as L2 by Ik [ikx], Soo [teu].

Language Development
Taught in primary schools. Poetry. Radio programs. Films. Dictionary. Grammar. Bible: 2011.
Writing

Latin script [Latn], used since 1932.

Other Comments

The people are pastoralist and seminomadic but much less so recently due to disarmament and forced settlement. Christian, traditional religion.