Luwo

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A language of South Sudan

Alternate Names
Dhe Luwo, Dhe Lwo, Giur, Jo Lwo, Jur Luo, Jur Luwo, Jur Lwo, Lwo
Population

80,000 (1983 census).

Location

Western Bahr el Ghazal State, Jur river and Wau counties; Warrap State, Gogrial West, Gogrial East, and Tonj North counties.

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Language Status

5 (Developing). Recognized language (2011, Transitional Constitution, Article 6(1)), primary education, literacy efforts.

Dialects

None known. Different from Lango (Lwo) [laj] of Uganda, or Dholuo [luo] of Kenya and Luo [luo] of Tanzania, but related.

Typology

OVS.

Language Use

Vigorous. All domains, local administration, some use in schools, churches. All ages. Positive attitudes. Used as L2 by Thuri [thu].

Language Development
Literacy in progress. Taught in primary schools. NT: 2003. Agency: Luwo Literacy Organization.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

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