Murle

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A language of South Sudan

Alternate Names
Adkibba, Agiba, Ajibba, Beir, Merule, Mourle, Murelei, Murule
Population

60,000 in South Sudan (1982 SIL). Population total all countries: 60,001.

Location

Upper Nile State, Pibor county.

Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Ethnic subgroups: Lotilla, Boma, and Olam (Ngalam). Maacir may be a dialect or ethnic group. Lexical similarity: 74% with Narim [loh], 71% with Didinga [did].

Typology

VSO; postpositions; genitives and relatives follow noun heads; suffixes indicate case; question words final; verbal affixes (prefixes and suffixes) distinguish subject person and number.

Language Use

All domains. All ages. Positive attitudes.

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 30%. Very few schools due to pastoral lifestyle and inter-tribal tension. Dictionary. Grammar. NT: 1996.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Taught in churches; most church pastors literate in Murle.

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