Acholi

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A language of Uganda

Alternate Names
Acoli, Acooli, Akoli, Atscholi, Dok Acoli, Gang, Log Acoli, Lwo, Lwoo, Lëbacoli, Shuli
Population

L1 users: 1,500,000 (2014 census), increasing. Census based on tribal affiliation. 34,200 Dhopaluo (2014 census). Total users in all countries: 1,527,000.

Location

Kitgum, Lamwo, Amuru, Nwoya, Pader, Gulu, Abim, Oyam, Kotido, Kaabong, Otuke, and Lira districts.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Nyakwai, Dhopaluo (Chope, Chopi). Reported intelligibility with Lango [laj], Kumam [kdi], Dhopadhola [adh], but percentages unknown. Lexical similarity: with Lango [laj], Kumam [kdi], Dhopadhola [adh], Thur [lth].

Typology

16 consonants, 9 vowels (but only 5 written); tonal.

Language Use

Home, market, church, office. Most are young. Positive attitudes. Also use English [eng], Swahili [swh]. Used as L2 by Thur [lth].

Language Development
Taught in primary schools. Taught in secondary schools, as a subject. Literature. Newspapers. Radio. Videos. Dictionary. Grammar. Bible: 1986.
Writing

Latin script [Latn], used since 1947.

Other Comments

Christian.

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