Arabic, Sudanese CreolePrint
20,000 (1987). With the rapidly changing demographic situation it is very difficult to know the number of 1st or 2nd language speakers and whether these numbers are increasing or decreasing. L2 users: 800,000 (2013 SIL). All groups in South Sudan have some L2 speakers (2013 SIL).
Equatoria region widespread, into Bahr al Ghazal and Upper Nile regions.
3 (Wider communication).Used as L1 or L2 in Juba and other towns in Equatoria. As a creole and lingua franca, this language varies enormously in form from place to place, and from speaker to speaker (depending on subject matter and interlocuter), and is changing rapidly.
Dialectal variations in different areas due to different local vernaculars. A member of macrolanguage Arabic [ara].
Major language of communication in Equatoria, and south of Wau and Malakal. Most domains except very formal situations; also used in government. All ages.
Latin script [Latn].