A language of Kenya

Alternate Names
Pakot, Pökot, Suk

633,000 in Kenya (2009 census), increasing. Population total all countries: 703,400.


Baringo, Turkana and West Pokot counties; Nakuru and Nyandarua counties: northeast of Nakuru town.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).


East Pokot, West Pokot. A member of macrolanguage Kalenjin [kln].

Language Use

Vigorous. Home, social gatherings. All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use English [eng] for education and communication with outsiders. Also use Kiswahili [swh] for education and communication with outsiders. Used as L2 by Turkana [tuv].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: Below 1%. Literacy rate in L2: 15%–25%. Efforts underway to develop functional literacy in Pökoot for all ages. Poetry. Radio programs. Bible: 2009.

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Seminomadic. Traditional religion, Christian.

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